Beluga fish taken from the Seine river after a six-hour operation had to be euthanized

Beluga fish taken from the Seine river after a six-hour operation had to be euthanized

The beluga whale that was pulled from the water on Wednesday after it was lost from the Seine river, 70 kilometers from Paris, was finally shot down and died without being transported back to the ocean.

According to the BBC, citing local authorities, the animal was transported in a refrigerated van after rescuers spent about six hours pulling the whale out of the river. The next step was to return it to its natural habitat, in the sea, but its health deteriorated after spending several hours without eating.

“It is with a broken heart that we announce that the beluga whale did not survive,” conservation group Sea Shepherd France wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “We are devastated by this tragic ending that we knew was very likely,” they added.

The beluga whale, four meters long and weighing about 800 kilograms, whose health condition was considered “alarming”, was trapped near the Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne lock, northwest of Paris.

Twenty-four divers from the French Militarized Police (Gendarmerie) and firefighters participated in the operation.

The exceptional presence of this marine mammal in the Seine, some 130 kilometers from the mouth of the river in the English Sea, has aroused great interest, beyond the French borders, with an influx of donations from foundations, associations and individuals to try to help rescue

Sighted on August 2, the cetacean, which usually lives in cold waters, will have entered only the warm and stagnant waters of a lock 70 kilometers northwest of Paris.

A member of the team from Marineland in Antibes, in the south, who arrived at the scene on Monday night, stressed that the rescue operation would be “out of the ordinary”. The banks of the Seine “are not accessible to vehicles” there and “everything must be transported by hand,” explained Isabelle Brasseur.

In May, an orca also had problems in the Seine, rescue operations failed and the animal starved to death.

According to the Pelagis observatory, a specialist in marine mammals, this is the second known beluga in France, after a fisherman from the Loire estuary, the great river in the center of the country, caught one in his nets in 1948.

Source: TSF