JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP A beluga whale is seen swimming up France’s Seine river, near a lock in Courcelles-sur-Seine, western France on August 5, 2022. – The beluga whale appears to be underweight and officials are worried about its health , regional authorities said. The protected species, usually found in cold Arctic waters, had made its way up the waterway and reached a lock some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Paris. The whale was first spotted on August 2, 2022 in the river that flows through the French capital to the English Channel, and follows the rare appearance of a killer whale in the Seine just over two months ago. (Photo by Jean-François MONIER / AFP) JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP (Photo of the beluga stuck in the Seine taken on August 5, 2022 near Courcelles-sur-Seine by Jean-François MONIER / AFP) ANIMALS – News from the beluga lost in the Seine since August 2. Vitamins will be administered to the animal which is in the Seine about 70 km from Paris so that it regains its appetite when it no longer eats, announced this Saturday August 6 the prefecture of the ‘Eure. On the other hand, it is not planned to extract it from the Seine to put it back in the sea. “The vitamins are administered by a veterinarian with the usual means, arrowing (…). There is no reason to be impressed by this technique, ”said Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet, general secretary of the Eure prefecture, during a press briefing on Saturday near the Notre-Dame lock. -de-la-Garenne. Beluga trapped in the Seine: the animal is “emaciated” and “seems to have feeding difficulties”, says the se… https://t.co/2ifcwNDUyH — BFMTV (@BFMTV) See the tweet Asked about the possibility to extract it from the basin, she replied that this was not the preferred hypothesis because the specialists are not certain “that the beluga is strong enough to withstand this manipulation”. Attempts to feed it have failed The beluga, a four-meter cetacean whose presence in the Seine is exceptional, still continued not to eat on Saturday, while it is in a lock of a dimension of approximately 125m by 25m since Friday. Any decision will be taken “in the interest of the animal” and “no decision has yet been taken” while analyzes are awaited, repeated the secretary general of the prefecture. Another element, “small spots” appeared which can be natural due to the fresh water but which can also mean “other difficulties”, according to the same source. “He is a fairly emaciated individual and seems to have feeding difficulties,” said Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet. Attempts to feed it, with dead herring and then live trout, have apparently failed. Among the hypotheses to prevent the cetacean from perishing are the reopening “of the lock towards the sea, 160 km away, so that it can resume its journey” or keep it in the basin “so that it can regain strength. ‘appetite “. Before the beluga, the orca of the Seine The beluga, which was “very calm” on Saturday and going back and forth in the basin “quietly”, was spotted on August 2 in the Seine. In May, an orca found itself in difficulty in the Seine between Rouen and Le Havre. The operations to try to save the cetacean had failed and the animal had finally died of starvation. According to Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet, the situation between the orca and the beluga is “very different”. The orca “was more weakened than the beluga” and “had disappeared from the radar for a while”. They are “two different animals, the killer whale is less tolerant of fresh water than the beluga,” she explained. According to the Pelagis observatory, which specializes in marine mammals, this is the second beluga known in France after a fisherman from the Loire estuary brought one up in his nets in 1948. The beluga is a protected species from cetacean usually living in cold waters. See also on The HuffPost: The story of this beluga who plays rugby is not as adorable as it looks You cannot view this content because you have refused cookies associated with third-party content. If you want to view this content, you can change your choices.
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