The “unusual” animal identified in the Seine would be a beluga

SCOTT OLSON/Getty Images via AFP CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 20: A young beluga whale swims with an adult beluga whale at the John G. Shedd Aquarium on November 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The calf, who was born on August 27, currently weighs 205 pounds and is gaining 12 to 15 pounds a week. Mauyak, the calf’s mother, weighs 1,200 pounds. The Shedd Aquarium is a non-profit organization that is home to over 32,500 aquatic animals. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP)

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Beluga whales in a Chicago aquarium (illustration photo award November 20, 2012).

ANIMALS – The mystery lasted a day. L’“incapable aquatic animal of medium build” spotted in the Seine, at the level of the dam of the Léry-Poses leisure base (Eure), this Tuesday August 2, was finally identified, announced this Wednesday the prefecture of Eure. The identification work was carried out jointly by the services of the French Office for Biodiversity and the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of Populations.

According to the study of the first shots, “the animal would be a beluga”, “a protected species of cetacean normally living in arctic, subarctic waters and in the St. Lawrence estuary in Quebec”indicates the prefecture in a press release, without specifying in which sector of the Seine the animal was seen, nor the size of the individual.

“An assessment of his state of health is underway in order to take the appropriate measures to optimize his chances of survival”adds the prefecture, specifying that“it happens to isolated individuals to wander in more southern waters”, which can “survive temporarily in fresh water”.

Residents urged not to visit site

The prefecture asks the population not to move around the site or try to approach the beluga in order to “do not stress the animal during the information gathering phase”.
It underlines that the services of the State “are mobilized for the preservation of wildlife and continue their continuous monitoring of the population”.

According to newspaper information Paris Normandy, the animal had been seen near the dam of the Léry-Poses site. The presence of this beluga in the Seine comes less than two months after the discovery of an orca in very poor health in this same river between Le Havre and Rouen and which had ended up being found dying on May 30. His necropsy had revealed that the marine animal had been the target of a shooting on an undetermined date.

The newspaper had indicated that a drone had been deployed on Tuesday to better observe any movements of the animal, and thus avoid interacting directly with it. However, the device had been lifted around 7 p.m., even if the signaling sector remained placed “under increased surveillance in order to follow the evolution of the situation”.

See also on The HuffPost: An orca spotted in the Seine between Le Havre and Rouen

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