Beluga spotted in Seine will receive vitamins

The four -meter cetacean is in a 125 -meter -by -25 meter lock, 70 kilometers from Paris. The attempts to feed it, with dead herring then living trout, did not succeed.

Le Monde with AFP

Very weakened and emaciated because it refuses to eat, Béluga, located in the Seine about 70 kilometers, will receive vitamins so that it finds appetite, announced the prefecture of the ‘Eure in a stage point, Saturday August 6.

“The vitamins are administered by a veterinarian with the usual means, the signs (…). There is no need to be impressed by this technique,” said Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet, secretary general of the prefecture de l’Eure.

Le Béluga, a four -meter cetacean whose presence in the Seine is exceptional, is in a lock of a dimension of approximately 125 meters by 25 meters since Friday. “He is a fairly emaciated individual who seems to have food difficulties,” said M Me Dorliat-Pouzet. The attempts to feed it, with dead herring then living trout, did not succeed.

The beluga was “very calm” on Saturday

Among the hypotheses envisaged to prevent the peristed cetacean, there is the reopening “of the lock towards the sea, 160 kilometers, so that he can resume his way” or keep it in the basin “so that he May regain appetite “. Asked about the possibility of extracting it from the basin, M dorliat-pouzet replied that it was not the privileged option, the specialists not being some “that the beluga is strong enough To support this manipulation “.

Any decision will be made “in the interest of the animal” and “no decision has yet been made” while analyzes are expected, repeated the secretary general of the prefecture. Another element: “small spots” appeared on the animal; They can be natural due to fresh water, but can also mean “other difficulties”, according to her.

Beluga in the Seine: we are with him currently, the animal is extremely emaciated. The absolute emergency is…

– Seashepherdfran (@sea Shepherd France)

The Beluga, which was “very calm” on Saturday and went back and forth in the “quietly” basin, was spotted on August 2 in the Seine. In May, it was an orca that was in difficulty in the Seine between Rouen and Le Havre. The operations to try to save the cetacean had failed and the animal had finally died of hunger.

According to M me dorliat-pouzet, the situation between the Orca and the beluga is “very different”. The orca “was more weakened than beluga” and “had disappeared from radars for a while”. These are “two different animals, the orca supports less fresh water than beluga”, she explained.

According to the Pelagis Observatory, specialist in marine mammals, it is the second beluga known in France after a fisherman of the Loire estuary had gone up one in his nets in 1948. Béluga is a Species protected of cetacea usually living in cold waters.

/Media reports.