Beluga whale which strayed into River Seine…

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Beluga whale which strayed into River Seine…

Beluga whale which strayed into River Seine…

A beluga whale which had strayed into France’s River Seine has died.

An operation to move the animal, which had been trapped since last Friday, began in the early hours of this morning.

Ever since the whale strayed into a saltwater basin in the Normandy region, efforts had been under way to free it, amid fears over its rapidly declining health.

“Despite an unprecedented rescue operation for the beluga, we are sad to announce the death of the cetacean,” the prefect of the Calvados department, said on Twitter.

There were concerns that moving the whale could cause it harm, but conservation experts said it was “important to try”.

Veterinary examinations after it was moved revealed the dangerously thin beluga whale had no digestive activity for unknown reasons.

A team of vets had hoped to re-stimulate the whale’s digestive system. Conservationists had been trying, unsuccessfully, to feed it fish since it was first found last week.

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