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Stranded beluga whale removed from the Seine in France as part of a rescue attempt | France

The A beluga whale stuck in the Seine In northern France, he was pulled out of the water early Wednesday morning in the first stage of an ambitious rescue operation.

After nearly six hours of work, 800 kilograms of the whales were lifted from the river with a net and crane at around 4 a.m. (0200 GMT) and placed on a barge under the immediate care of dozens of veterinarians.

The beluga, a protected species commonly found in cold Arctic waters, will then be put into a refrigerated truck and transported to the coast, Isabelle Dorleat-Bozet, Eur County General Secretary, said before the rescue operation.

Veterinarians care for a beluga whale stranded in the Seine River in Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne, northern France
Veterinarians care for a beluga whale stranded in the Seine River in Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne, northern France Photo: Jean-Francois Mounir/AFP/Getty Images

The four-meter (13-foot) whale was seen more than a week ago heading towards Paris and stranded 130 kilometers (80 miles) from the channel at Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne in Normandy.

Since Friday, the animal’s movement inside has been blocked by a padlock in Saint-Pierre-La-Garenne, 70 kilometers northwest of Paris, and his health has deteriorated after he refused to eat.

Her condition is “satisfactory,” Isabelle Brasseur of the Marineland Marine Zoo in southern France, the largest in Europe, told AFP earlier Tuesday.

A seawater aquarium has been set up at a lock in Channel Harbor in Ouistreham for the animal, which will spend three days there under observation in preparation for release.

Onlookers and locals look at a team of rescuers as they transport a missing beluga whale trapped in the Seine.
Onlookers and locals look at a team of rescuers as they transport a missing beluga whale trapped in the Seine. Photo: Christophe Petty Tyson/EPA

Prassor, part of the Marinland team, who was sent to help rescue, said alongside SEA Shepherd Non -Governmental Organization France.

“He could have died now, on handling, on the flight or at point B” in Osterham, she said.

The 24 divers involved in the operation and rescue workers handling the ropes had to try several times between 10pm and 4am to lure the animal into the nets to be lifted out of the water.

A handful of curious people stayed on the bank all night to observe the operation.

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