Vitamins will be given to belugas in Sena

HAVEemaciated and refusing to eat the food served to him, the beluga, which is located in the Seine about 70 km from Paris, will be given vitamins on Saturday by the prefecture of Eure to help him find health.appetite. “Vitamins are given by the veterinarian using the usual means, pointers (…). There is no reason to admire this technique,” said Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet, secretary general of the Eure prefecture, during a press conference at the Notre-Dame gate in Dame-de-la-Garenne on Saturday.

The beluga, a 4-meter-long cetacean whose presence in the Seine is exceptional, still didn’t eat on saturday, and since Friday it has been in a lockup measuring approximately 125 by 25 meters. “He is quite emaciated and seems to have feeding difficulties,” said Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet. Attempts to feed him dead herring and then live trout apparently failed.

All “for the good of the animal”

Among the hypotheses to avoid the death of the cetaceans, one can mention “a gateway to the sea 160 km away so that it can continue its journey” or keeping it in a pool “to recover its strength. “appetite”. When asked about the possibility of pulling her out of the pool, Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet said that this is not a desirable hypothesis because specialists are not sure “that the beluga is strong enough to withstand this manipulation”.

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Any decision will be made “in the interest of the animal” and pending analysis, “no decision has been made yet,” the prefecture’s general secretary reiterated. Another element appeared – “small spots” that could be natural due to soft water, but could also indicate “other difficulties”, according to the same source.

“The possibility of euthanasia has been ruled out”

The possibility of euthanizing the beluga, which is in the Seine, has been “ruled out for now”, Lamya Essemlali, head of ocean conservation NGO Sea Shepherd, told AFP on Sunday that the cetacean was sick and not eating. “Euthanasia has been ruled out at this point as it would be premature at this point as he still has a lively, curious demeanor: turns his head, responds to stimuli, is not ‘amorphous and dying.’ “said Lamya Essemlali after a meeting with the prefecture, the French Biodiversity Office, Pelagis and a Canadian cetacean expert. “His lack of appetite is definitely a symptom of something else, an illness of unknown origin.” He is malnourished and this lasts for weeks, even months. He stopped eating at sea,” continued Lamya Essemlali.

When asked about the chances of saving the animal, Lamya Essemlali assured that experts and the authorities faced a “challenge” with “little hope”. “We all doubt whether he can reach the sea by his own means. Even if we were to go with a boat, it would be very dangerous, if not impossible,” she said.

Another hypothesis would be to take it out of the water and “take it out to sea to feed it and provide it with extra vitamins, do a biopsy to get information about its origin, its health and what it is suffering from. ,” she said. In any case, it seems impossible to leave him in the lock where the water is stagnant and hot. “He has to leave in the next 24/48 hours, it’s not optimal conditions for him,” the Sea Shepherd manager explained.

A different case of orca appeared in May

The beluga, which was “very calm” and “quietly” swimming back and forth in the pool on Saturday, was spotted in the Seine on August 2. In May, an orca ran into trouble on the Seine between Rouen and Le Havre. The operation to save the cetacean animal failed and the animal was finally starved to death. According to Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet, the situation between the killer whale and the beluga is “very different”. The orca “was more weakened than the beluga” and “went off the radar for a while.” They are “two different animals, the killer whale is less tolerant of fresh water than the beluga,” she explained.

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According to the Pelagio Observatory, which specializes in marine mammals, this is the second beluga known in France after a fisherman from the Loire estuary in 1948. uploaded it to their networks. Beluga is a protected species from cetaceans, which mostly live in cold waters.

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