The beluga spotted Tuesday in the Seine was located Thursday near a lock, about 70 km from Paris, where the authorities will try to keep it to carry out observations, announced the prefecture of Eure.
The beluga, a protected species of cetacean usually living in cold waters, was located “more than thirty kilometers from its location yesterday (Wednesday, editor’s note), near a lock”, specified the prefecture in a press release. The marine animal is “around Vernon”, about 70 km northwest of the capital, said the prefecture.
“In order to make the necessary observations and in cooperation with Voies navigables de France, a maintenance maneuver in the lock basin will be carried out in the afternoon” Thursday, continued the prefecture.
A call for caution launched
The authorities appeal for caution and ask “the entire population not to attempt to approach or come into contact with the animal to facilitate the work of all State services, mobilized for the preservation of wildlife.
In adulthood, a beluga measures about 4 m. At the beginning of June, an orca had been observed in the Seine, between Rouen and Le Havre. The animal was finally found dead and an autopsy favored death by starvation.