Beluga whale lifted out of Seine in rescue attempt – video | World news

A beluga whale stranded in the River Seine in northern France was lifted out of the water early on Wednesday in the first stage of an ambitious rescue operation.

After nearly six hours of work, the 800-kg cetacean was lifted from the river with a net and crane at around 4am local time and placed on a barge under the immediate care of a dozen veterinarians.

The beluga, a protected species usually found in cold Arctic waters, will be transported to the coast in a refrigerated truck so it can be investigated for any underlying health conditions before its potential release back into the sea.


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