Thursday, 18 August, 2022
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Fears for killer whale spotted in France’s River Seine

CAEN: The appearance of a killer whale miles up France’s Seine River has sparked amazement but also concern for the well-being of the animal, whose life appears in danger, reports AFP.

The whale, also known as an orca and usually found in open salt water, was swimming between the port city of Le Havre at the mouth of the Seine and the inland city of Rouen, down river from the French capital Paris, conservationists said Wednesday. Videos posted on social media have shown the orca’s distinctive dorsal fin and black and white colours,  stunning the onlookers who took the footage.

Killer whales, which despite their name belong to the dolphin family, are occasionally spotted in the English Channel but such sightings are considered rare, let alone in a river.

“Its life is in danger. We are really very, very worried. Its state of health is very poor,” said Gerard Mauger, vice president of the GECC regional cetacean protection group.

“The more it stays in fresh water, the more this will accelerate the degradation of its state of health,” he told AFP. “It is far from the sea. It is really complicated to find solutions to encourage it to head to salt water.”