Beluga whale appeared in the French Seine - a whale from the narwhal family.  Now scientists and activists are trying to feed the animal that swam in the wrong direction by mistake and send it back to the sea.

Beluga whale appeared in the French Seine – a whale from the narwhal family. Now scientists and activists are trying to feed the animal that swam in the wrong direction by mistake and send it back to the sea.

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Beluga whale appeared in the French Seine – a whale from the narwhal family. Now scientists and activists are trying to feed the animal that swam in the wrong direction by mistake and send it back to the sea.

Unfortunately, there can be no talk of trying to pull the whale out and transport it to the sea – such a procedure is almost guaranteed to kill the animal. On the other hand, it is impossible to wait for the situation to develop independently, because for several days spent in the dirty river waters, the white whale has lost weight and feels very bad.

Scientists wonder why a whale, whose range is in Arctic waters, needed to swim so far south. But this is far from the main problem.

“Now the challenge is to feed him and try to escort him to the ocean,” said Lamia Essemlaly, head of environmental group Sea Shepherd France.

The largest representatives of beluga whales reach 6 meters in length and weigh up to 12 tons, but, as a rule, animals are much less than 3-4 meters long. This type of whale feeds mainly on fish – most often schooling ones become their prey: capelin, herring, cod and others. Mollusks and crustaceans play a secondary role in the belugas food chain. An adult requires up to 15 kilograms of fish per day.

The Russian phraseological unit “beluga roar” owes its appearance to the beluga whale, which can make loud sounds – in the 19th century these whales were often called precisely “beluga”. Later, in Russian, the name “beluga” was assigned to a large fish of the sturgeon family, which does not make any sounds, but the expression remains.

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