the “very fleeing” animal refuses to eat

“He has the same behavior as yesterday, on a feeling that he is very evasive. It makes very short appearances on the surface, followed by long apneas”, he indicated. “Even trying to approach with a lot of precautions, it’s difficult. He makes a lot of changes in direction, ”continued the association manager. So much so that “we wonder” about the conduct to be taken towards this animal, he added.

This situation can also represent “a risk of additional stress that we do not want to take”, warned the president of the NGO Sea Shepherd, Lamya Essemlali. She lamented that “attempts to feed in the river have so far not interested the beluga” but that there is still hope that “it will be different in the lock”.

“We would like him to eat, but if he does not react positively it will become complicated”, she continued about the animal, now isolated in the lock of Notre-Dame de la Garenne near Vernon , 70 km northwest of the capital.

“No noise emissions”

Approaching about fifty meters, “we made acoustic recordings, with our engines cut, but he did not make any sound emissions”, regretted Gérard Mauger. The animal was still Friday afternoon between the two locks of Poses and Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne. Four boats are in the area, according to Gérard Mauger, that of the SDIS (firefighters), the OFB (French Office for Biodiversity), the Sea Shepherd association and the SNSM (National Society for Sea Rescue).

In May, an orca found itself 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 starvation. The necropsy, a post-mortem examination carried out on an animal, had confirmed the “poor physical condition” of the orca, an “immature” female of more than four meters and 1,100 kg and had made it possible to discover a bullet lodged in the base of the mammal’s skull.

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