French authorities spot Beluga whale in Seine river


French authorities say lone Belugas do sometimes swim farther south than usual, and are able to temporarily survive in fresh water. – EPA pic, August 4, 2022.

A BELUGA whale, a protected species usually found in cold Arctic waters, has been seen in France’s Seine river, with authorities urging people to keep their distance to avoid distressing the animal.

Officials in the Eure department of Normandy said late yesterday that images suggested it was a beluga separated from its pod, though they did not specify its size nor where exactly it was seen.


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