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Fri Aug 5, 2022, 02:49 PM

In France, a battle to save weakened whale lost in the Seine

Source: AP

By OLEG CETINIC and JOHN LEICESTER

SAINT-PIERRE-LA-GARENNE, France (AP) — French environmentalists were hoping Friday to feed a catch of herring to a worryingly thin Beluga whale that has strayed far from its Arctic habitat into France’s Seine River. They fear that the ethereal white mammal is slowly starving in the waterway that flows through Paris and beyond.

“We are in a race against the clock, clearly,” said Lamya Essemlali, president of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd France. “It is really extremely thin. Its bones are protruding. I don’t know if it’s already too late.”

Conservationists were hoping to spare the whale the fate of another, an Orca, also known as a killer whale, that strayed and then died in the Seine in May.

The Beluga was first seen in the river earlier this week. Drone footage subsequently shot by French fire services showed the whale gently meandering in a stretch of the river’s light green waters between Paris and the Normandy city of Rouen, many dozens of kilometers (miles) inland from the sea.



French fire brigade tracking on a rubber boats a Beluga whale on the Seine river in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, west of Paris, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. French authorities are tracking a Beluga whale that strayed far from its Artic habitat into the Seine River, raising fears that the ethereal white mammal could starve if it stays in the waterway that flows through Paris and beyond. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/france-paris-animals-whales-84173e5570ee8c59db878625a43a5c13

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 02:58 PM

1. Dang it

How the heck did it get from the Arctic to France? Hope it can be saved.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 02:59 PM

2. Oh, the poor whale!

I hope he will survive.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 03:47 PM

3. Let the people help you, sweetie !!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 04:29 PM

4. Oh dear, that's pretty far inland on a meandering river

I hope those folks can save it.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 05:06 PM

5. It's well known there's great food in France.

Maybe it heard about a 4 star in Paris it wanted to try?

I know, I'm bad.

Seriously though, I sure hope the animal will eat the herring and can be saved.

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