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Killer whale in the Seine: an operation to guide the animal to the sea in progress – archyde

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Blocked for two months between Rouen and Le Havre, will the killer whale finally leave the Seine? The Seine-Maritime prefecture launched an operation this Saturday to help the animal, “a male killer whale, a protected and wild species”, to reach the sea, its natural environment. The intervention is underway near Grand-Quevilly (Seine-Maritime). “Many experts and specialists from very different backgrounds are engaged” for this intervention, recalled the prefecture on Twitter. The operation aims to ensure “remote monitoring of the animal by using a drone, coordinated with an intervention aimed at ensuring the dissemination of sound stimuli (sounds emitted by a population of killer whales) to attract and guide the animal to the sea”. #Orca 🐳 guiding operation in progress.📸 photo taken this morning on the banks of the Seine, before the departure of the mobilized team. Many experts and specialists from very different backgrounds are involved
👩🏻‍🔬🧑🏻‍🚒👮🏻‍♂️👧🏽👨🏼 pic.twitter.com/RlxT3sMO7e— Prefect of Normandy and Seine-Maritime (@Prefet76) May 28, 2022 This solution was adopted after of a meeting held on Friday, under the authority of the prefect, bringing together all the actors and partners involved. Among the people mobilized is Charlotte Curé, researcher in cetacean bioacoustics at the Center for Studies and Expertise on Risks, the Environment, Mobility and Planning (Cerema). “It’s experimental, we’re not sure it works,” says the scientist in a video from the prefecture posted on Twitter. Two boats In the field, Charlotte Curé is supported by members of the Cetacean Study Group of the Cotentin (Gecc), including its director Delphine Éloi. This explains, in a video on Twitter, the course of the intervention: “A boat will try to attract the orca and a boat, set back, behind the orca, will observe its behavior and transmit the information. live to the first boat. Seen for the first time on May 16 between Honfleur and Le Havre, near the Pont de Normandie, the killer whale “very probably arrived already weakened towards the Seine estuary”, indicated Gérard Mauger, vice-president of the GECC. , an association based in Cherbourg commissioned by the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) for the study and preservation of marine mammals in the Channel. Calling for “avoid any gathering or crowds near it” which could “put this wild animal in danger but above all represents a risk for people”, the prefecture had announced the taking of prohibition measures legally based on a notice to navigation, “so that the cetacean is not approached”. According to Gérard Mauger, this orca whose length is “complicated to estimate” could measure “in the 4/5 meters”.

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