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Lost beluga whale spotted in River Seine thousands of miles from Arctic home

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French officials are racing to save a beluga whale spotted in the River Seine after it strayed thousands of miles from its Arctic Ocean habitat.

Marine conservationists fear the animal, described as "worryingly thin", could starve if it stays in the waterway that flows through Paris.


Rescuers plan how to extract beluga whale from River Seine


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A beluga whale that became stranded in France's Seine river had to be put down, ending a dramatic rescue mission that captivated world audiences.

Officials say vets took the decision as the four-metre (13ft) mammal was being moved in a refrigerated truck.

Overnight, rescuers spent nearly six hours lifting the 800kg (1,763lb) whale from the river using a crane and nets.

They had planned to release the animal in the sea but its health deteriorated after failing to eat.


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