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French officials say a beluga whale rescued from the Seine River was euthanized upon its transfer

(CNN) — A beluga whale, rescued after more than a week stranded in France’s Seine river, has died on its way to sea, officials have confirmed.

The whale had been trapped since August 2 in freshwater locks at Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, about 72 kilometers northwest of Paris. According to wildlife conservation associations monitoring the situation, his health condition deteriorated after he was denied food.

Firefighters and members of a search and rescue team cast a net early August 10, 2022, as they work to save a beluga whale that went missing in the Seine River in France.

Reuters reported that it took more than 80 rescuers six hours to retrieve the animal from the lock, after which it was placed on a barge, where it underwent a medical examination.

However, scientists were concerned about the animal’s “dangerous” weight loss and had to be euthanized soon after. His death was confirmed by Essonne Department Fire and Rescue Service officials in a video message.

“During the visit, veterinarians observed a deterioration in its condition, particularly in its respiratory activity, and we were able to verify that the animal was in anoxia – that is, insufficiently ventilated – so this animal was clearly suffering And we decided there was no point in releasing him and so we had to euthanize him,” said Florence Olivet-Courtois, a Fire and Rescue Services vet.

Veterinarians hoped that the whale could be transported to the Normandy area and eventually released into the sea.

According to Reuters, it weighed around 800 kg, but it should have weighed around 1,200 kg.

Beluga’s natural habitat is in arctic and subarctic regions. Although the most famous population is found in the Saint Lawrence estuary in Quebec (Canada), the closest to the French coast is in Svalbard, an archipelago in northern Norway, more than 3,050 kilometers from the Seine River.

According to the WWF, no one knows exactly how the beluga lost its way, but the loss of sea ice in Arctic waters is opening the area to more shipping, fishing and other human activities, increasing the whale’s ability to communicate and navigate. being affected. , In addition, finding food and finding a mate is becoming more and more difficult for the species.

In recent years, many species of marine mammals have been recorded in France away from their main habitats. According to France’s Pelagis Observatory, which specializes in the study of marine mammals, possible causes could be health conditions, age, social isolation and environmental conditions.

CNN’s Angela Dewan contributed to this article.

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