An AFP journalist said a beluga whale stranded on the Seine river in northern France was brought out of the water early Wednesday in the first phase of an ambitious rescue operation, a researcher said. reported by AFP.
After nearly six hours of work, the 800-kilogram (1,800-pound) cetacean was lifted from the river by nets and cranes at around 4 a.m. (0200 GMT) and loaded onto the barge under the immediate care of the cetacean. dozens of veterinarians. .
The beluga fish, a protected species commonly found in the frigid waters of the Arctic, will next be loaded into refrigerated trucks and transported to shore, said Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet, secretary general of Eure county. sea, Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet, secretary general of the province of Eure, said ahead of the rescue operation.
The 4-meter (13-foot) whale was discovered more than a week ago heading for Paris and ran aground about 130 kilometers (80 miles) inland from the Channel at Saint-Pierre-La-Garenne in Normandy.
As of Friday, the animal’s movement inland was blocked by a lock in Saint-Pierre-La-Garenne, 70 kilometers northwest of Paris, and its health deteriorated after it. refused to eat.
But its condition is “satisfactory,” Isabelle Brasseur of Marineland marine park in southern France, Europe’s largest, told AFP earlier on Tuesday.
A seawater tank at a lock in the Channel Harbor of Ouistreham has been prepared for the animal.
Brasseur, a member of the Marineland team sent to assist in the rescue with the NGO Sea Shepherd France, said the “special” operation to bring it back to sea was not without risk to humans. Whales are inherently weakened and stressed.
“It could be that he died now, in the process, in the journey or at point B,” in Ouistreham, she said.
The 24 divers involved in the operation and rescuers handling the ropes had to make several attempts between 10pm and 4am to lure the animal into a net to get it out of the water.
A few curious residents stayed at the bank all night to observe the operation.
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