PARIS — French conservationists are working around the clock to try to feed a dangerously thin beluga whale that has strayed into the Seine. So far they have not succeeded.
Marine conservation group Sea Shepherd France tweeted on Saturday that “our teams took turns with the beluga all night. He always ignores the fish offered to him.
The lost beluga was first seen in the French river, far from its arctic habitat, earlier this week. Drone footage later filmed by French firefighters showed the whale gently snaking through part of the clear green waters of the river between Paris and the Normandy city of Rouen, several tens of kilometers (miles) inland of the sea.
Conservationists have been trying since Friday to give the ethereal white mammal a herring catch. Calling it “a race against time,” Sea Shepherd fears the whale is slowly starving in the waterway and could die.
Authorities in the Eure region said in a statement on Friday evening that the wild animal exhibited an “escape behavior from boats” and did not respond to attempts to guide it to warmer waters. sure.
People trying to help the whale are being as unobtrusive as possible to “avoid stress that could worsen its condition,” the statement said.