The Eure prefecture claims to have identified the animal on the basis of photographs. An assessment of the animal’s state of health is in progress.
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A beluga is currently swimming in the Seine, announces the prefecture of Eure, which explains that it has made the first observations on the basis of photographs of the animal, taken Tuesday August 2 in the morning on the territory of the Eure.
“It is a protected species of cetacean normally living in arctic, subarctic waters and in the estuary of the St. Lawrence in Quebec”, states the press release. “It happens to isolated individuals to wander in more southern waters. It can survive temporarily in fresh water”.
An assessment of the animal’s state of health is in progress. The authorities ask the population not to approach the cetacean, so as not to stress it. Last May, an orca was stranded for several days between Le Havre and Rouen, before dying.