Today the beluga or white dolphin that has been swimming in the French Seine for a few days is now being moved to a saltwater tank. There the animal will be cared for before it is released into the sea.
“Today is an important day for the Beluga and everyone involved in the rescue,” Sea Shepherd France said in a tweet. The white dolphin, which got lost in the Seine last week and swam about halfway to Paris, was trapped in the lock of a ship. There the animal was given vitamins and antibiotics, but did not eat them.
It’s unclear why the whale strays far from its natural habitat, the Arctic Ocean, and the adjacent seas. There were concerns for the animal’s survival in the warmer, non-saline waters of the Seine.
In a saltwater tank, the whale will be monitored and assisted so that the animal can recover. After that, the white dolphin will be released into the sea, where it has a greater chance of survival.
At the end of May, a seriously ill orca swam tens of kilometers over the Seine and died shortly thereafter after several attempts to return the animal to the sea.
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