A beluga It was sighted in the Seine river, in France, very far from its natural habitat. Currently, she is near Paris, and rescue teams are trying to devise a method to keep her alive and guide her back to the sea.
According to the Prefecture of the department of Eure, The animal is currently located between the dams of the cities of Pose and Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, about 70 kilometers north of the French capital.. However, the tasks to take to the beluga back to the English Channel, where the Seine empties, are not easy at all.
Gerard Mauger, from the Cotentin Cetacean Study Group (one of the organizations participating in the rescue), pointed out that the beluga he spent “very little time on the surface”. This is, on the one hand, positive, because it means that he would maintain a good lung capacity. Secondly, the fact that so much time is spent below the surface makes it difficult to track and guide.
In addition, experts—including firefighters, rescue services, and biodiversity officials—noted that the aquatic mammal appears to be underweight and “skin abnormalities”. For this reason, its prompt return to the sea is urgent. Even more so when the Seine is not the best environment for this animal: it is too polluted and too noisy.
Another similar case
The belugas They live in the Arctic, in cold and salty water, and in community, so it is evident that this specimen is totally disoriented. However, it is not the first time that something like this has been seen in the Seine. Without going further, in May, an orca was sighted in this same river that crosses the French capital.
At that point, rescuers’ efforts to guide her back to the sea were unsuccessful and the orca starved to death. For this reason, now the urgency is focused on feeding the belugaso that you don’t suffer the same fate.