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Beluga whale lost in River Seine dangerously thin and refusing food

Fears that it might starve, a dangerously thin beluga Whale found in the River Seine refuses food.

After wandering thousands of miles from its Arctic home, the beluga was seen in France’s waterway Wednesday.

The drone was used as a surveillance device to track the whale as it moved through the river between Paris, France and Rouen in Normandy.

However, the animal was said to have “barely walked” on Thursday and appeared to be swimming 25 miles between two sets locks northwest of the capital.


Sea Shepherd France offered a catch of herring to the beluga on Friday, prompting fears that it is starving to death.

They posted the following tweet: “For now, the beluga does not want to eat the fish offered to him.” We are hopeful that he will feed us.

An update was posted on Saturday morning in the early hours. It stated that “our teams took turns with belugas all night.” He ignores any fish that is offered to him.

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“We will review the situation with state services throughout the day.”

A tweet earlier stated: “Beluga In The Seine: We are currently with him, the animal is extremely skinny. It is urgent that we feed it. We are doing this now. His reaction will determine the success of this operation.”

Officials stated that the animal did not respond to attempts to get it to safer waters, and displayed “fleeing behavior vis-a-vis boats”

In an effort to avoid stressing the state of their health, volunteers are trying to help.

The beluga floated away from the boats, trying to guide it towards river mouth, which was between the sea ports Le Havre e Honfleur on Friday.

Image: French fire brigade using rubber boats to track the beluga whale. Pic: AP

Sea Shepherd France president Lamya Essemlali stated that removing it from the water could pose a risk to it.

Ms Essemlali said Friday that the whale was “condemned not to die if the Seine is left alone”.

Beluga whales can be easily identified by their bulbous foreheads and pale skin.

They are social animals that live, hunt and migrate in groups.


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