Paris’ white whale died after being rescued from the Seine in a major operation.

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The 800-pound beluga had stopped feeding, and its health had worried officials, veterinarians and activists. About 80 experts participated in the work to extract it from the water.

Firefighters and members of a search and rescue team pull net while rescuing a Beluga whale lost in the Seine River near the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, August 10 , 2022. REUTERS /Benoit Tessier
Firefighters and members of a search and rescue team pull net while rescuing a Beluga whale lost in the Seine River near the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, August 10 , 2022. REUTERS /Benoit Tessier

The beluga whale, rescued from the Seine River early Wednesday, died despite the rescue mission. according to local authorities.

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“Despite an unprecedented beluga rescue operation, we are saddened to announce the death of the marine mammal,” the head of the Calvados department said on Twitter.

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He had rescued some 80 specialist animals this morning. 800 kilos About 70 kilometers from Paris, in the River Seine, where it disappeared in a delicate operation that took more than eight hours.

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Accustomed to living in the cold and salty waters of Canada, the animal entered the river, stopped feeding and Health situation of concern to authorities, veterinarians and activists He decided to advance the recovery to prevent him from getting even more sick.

A white whale swims near the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, August 9, 2022. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Pool
A white whale swims near the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, August 9, 2022. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Pool
He was pulled out of the water by a huge net but did not survive (REUTERS / Benoit Tessier)
He was pulled out of the water by a huge net but did not survive (REUTERS / Benoit Tessier)

“The Beluga came out of the water after hours of preparation and effort. Bravo to the teams involved in overcoming this challenge. The Sea Shepherd France organization said on its Twitter account this morning, the first medical tests were carried out and the results will be known soon.”

The animal, which was locked in an area of ​​the river last Thursday, was pulled out of the water. net lifted by crane a minute very stressful for the animal According to Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet, secretary general of the Eure department government delegation in Normandy.

Explaining the conditions of the rescue at a press conference, the responsible person warned that this is a risky operation for the animal.

Firefighters take part in the rescue mission in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, August 10, 2022.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, 10 August 2022. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Firefighters take part in the rescue mission in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, August 10, 2022. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, 10 August 2022. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Rescue efforts have costs several thousand euros According to the responsible person, referring to the large number of donations from citizens for the operation, such as the truck offered by the neighbors, or the straw in it.

last May an orca entered the Seine and spent several days there, but died of exhaustion and lack of food before he was rescued.

Experts are considering various options to explain these phenomena, such as the extreme noise pollution that baffles them, or their disappearance due to changes in sea currents due to global warming.

(with information from EFE and Reuters)

Source: Info Bae

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