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Rescuers move whale stranded in French river to salt water

Environmentalists in France are moving a dangerously thin beluga whale that strayed into the Seine last week to a saltwater river basin to save its life.

According to Sea Shepherd France president Ramya Esemurali, the mammal is 4 meters long and was killed for a “treatment period” by medical personnel suspected of being ill in a race against time. It is said to be transported there.

If the whales respond to treatment, they may eventually be released into the open ocean.

It was not immediately clear how environmentalists could transfer the whales to the river basin, but French media said they could use barges and then trucks.

Conservationists hoped the whale could escape the fate of another killer whale who strayed into the Seine and died in May.

Marine conservation groups have described plans to move the beluga whales, which were first spotted in the Seine last week, worryingly far from their Arctic habitat as a “massive operation.”

French officials are tracking beluga whales that have drifted into the Seine far from their Arctic habitat (Francois Mori/AP)

The migration “is a risk factor because it is stressful” for the animals, but they cannot survive much longer in the freshwater of the Seine, the group said.

Because of the intense heat in the Eure region of France, rescuers are expected to move the creatures into the late afternoon.

Authorities suspect the whale is sick. Still, they hope they may survive after reacting to a mixture of antibiotics and vitamins over the past few days and visibly “scrubbing the walls of the floodgates and removing the spots that appeared on their backs.” .

Essemlali said medical surveillance in saline river basins would help to see if mammals “are suffering from something we can help with, or if they are suffering from an incurable disease.” .

Drone footage captured by the French fire service last week showed the whale meandering slowly through the pale green waters between Paris and the Normandy city of Rouen, far inland from the sea.

Since Friday, conservationists have been unsuccessfully trying to get the whales to eat fish.

In a statement Friday night, authorities in the Eure region said the beluga whales were exhibiting “fleeing behavior against boats” and were not responding to attempts to steer them into safer waters.

According to the statement, those trying to help the whales have so far tried to keep a low profile as much as possible to “avoid stress that could worsen the health of the whales.”

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