Beluga whale which strayed into France’s Seine River not accepting food

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French environmentalists are working around the clock to try to feed a dangerously thin Beluga whale that has strayed into the Seine River.

So far, they have been unsuccessful.

Marine conservation group Sea Shepherd France tweeted on Saturday that “our teams took turns with the Beluga all night long. It always ignores the fish offered to him”.

The lost Beluga was first seen in the French river, far from its Arctic habitat, earlier this week.

French fire brigade tracking on a boat a Beluga whale on the Seine river in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, west of Paris
The French fire brigade track a Beluga whale on the Seine River in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, west of Paris (Francois Mori/AP)

Conservationists have tried since Friday to feed a catch of herring to the ethereal white mammal.

Calling it “a race against the clock”, Sea Shepherd fears the whale is slowly starving in the waterway and could die.

Authorities in the l’Eure region said in a Friday night statement that the wild animal has a “fleeing behaviour vis-a-vis the boats” and has not responded to attempts to guide it to safer waters.

The people trying to help the whale are being as unobtrusive as possible to “avoid stress that could aggravate his state of health”, according to the statement.

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