Taking out a cetacean is the first step in an “emergency” operation to attempt to bring the beluga back to the sea, AFP reported. A malnourished whale was first spotted in the Seine last week. Meanwhile, belugas usually swim in Arctic waters, but it is still unknown how the animal ended up in a French river.
Belucha, as an animal living in cold waters, after being pulled out by a crane, was to be placed in a truck in a refrigerator, which was to travel a 160-kilometer distance at night to the north-eastern French port city of Ouistreham.
A seawater basin at the lock at Ouistreham Harbor has been made available to accommodate the animal to stay there for three days, “while we arrange for it to be repatriated to the open sea and monitor its health,” the official said.
Taking the beluga out of fresh water was her only chance of survival
The French organization dealing with the protection of the marine environment, Sea Shepherd France, had no doubts that pulling the beluga from the canal was its only chance to survive. Although transporting a four-meter cetacean was a risk, the foundation notes that the animal could no longer be in the warm, fresh water of the river.
Białuchy could not be saved
Despite the rescue operation and the efforts of many rescue teams and veterinarians, the beluga was put to sleep shortly after being removed from the canal. Doctors discovered serious breathing problems during transport, which forced them to make this dramatic decision in order not to suffer the cetacean.
The case was confirmed in the social media by the Sea Shepherd France organization.
(Source: PAP, Daily Mail, Twitter)