A beluga whale swimming in France’s Seine river appears to be losing weight and officials are concerned about its health, regional officials said Thursday.
A protected species usually found in the cold waters of the Arctic, this species climbed the channel to reach the locks about 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Paris.
French rescue teams, firefighters and biodiversity authorities were quickly mobilized and closely monitored throughout the day to assess the whale’s “worrisome” health condition, the local prefecture said.
It “now lies between the Pause Dam and the Dam of Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne”, about 70 kilometers (43 mi) northwest of Paris.
But Mauger said rescuers struggled to guide the whale to the Seine estuary.
Authorities in Normandy’s Eure department urged people to keep their distance to avoid harming animals.
“The environment is not very welcoming to beluga whales. The Seine is very polluted and cetaceans are very sensitive to noise,” she said, adding that the Seine is “very noisy.”
The animal found itself stranded in the river and was unable to return to the sea despite attempts by authorities to steer it.
The county said it would support and monitor Sea Shepherd’s efforts.
They migrate away from the Arctic in autumn to feed on ice formations, but rarely venture as far south.
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Health Concerns Over Beluga Whales Spotted in France’s Seine River
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