It’s unheard of to see a beluga this far south.
An beluga whale, which is often found in the frigid seas of the Arctic, was observed traveling up the Seine in France, hundreds of miles from where it normally lives. Officials are already concerned that the whale is underweight, which raises more worries about its wellbeing since it appears that it is quite lost.
According to Agence France Presse (AFP), the beluga was initially observed on Tuesday in the river that passes through Paris from the English Channel and was last seen at a lock around 70 kilometers (44 miles) away from the French capital.
Ocean Watch The beluga’s destiny is still uncertain despite the fact that France and local officials have devised a strategy to save it. The marine discussion group said last night that they are making an effort to find the whale using boats and drones in order to feed it.
“To everyone concerned about the destiny of the beluga, please maintain your distance. The interest of the animal triumphs above curiosity, so please abide by these recommendations to help us help it, Sea Shepherd tweeted.
Beluga whales are a kind of cetacean found in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions that are closely related to narwhals. In the summer, they are frequently spotted around the shores of Alaska, northern Canada, western Greenland, and northern Russia, but to see one as far south as continental Europe is quite exceptional.
Belugas are social animals that move, dwell, and hunt in pods that can number in the dozens. This heightens the danger of spotting a lone beluga.
Males that are fully grown may reach lengths of 4.6 meters (15 feet) and weights of 1,143 kg (2,500 pounds). They have a stocky body that stores heat and no dorsal fin, which enables them to swim beneath the ice. These adaptations allow them to live in frigid water.
Therefore, this whale should not be in the comparably warm River Seine. Although it just underwent a significant cleanup, the river is still dirty and passes through populated neighborhoods. It is also noisy and full of other unpleasant surprises.
The discovery of an orca in the River Seine back in May 2022 precedes the news of the missing beluga by by a few months. Unfortunately, the dying killer whale was ultimately discovered. While environmentalists are trying to avert another catastrophe in the Seine, it is yet unclear how this tale will turn out.