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Beluga: the story of the impossible rescue that kept France in suspense


STORY – After a week of uncertainty, the 800 kilogram cetacean, spotted in the Seine on August 2, was euthanized after his condition worsened during his transfer to Calvados.

10:25 a.m.

In Ouistreham, in Calvados, the beluga spotted in the Seine on August 2 is long overdue.

The truck responsible for transporting it, which left at dawn this Wednesday, August 10, from the lock of Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, in the Eure, should not delay.

However, the dozens of onlookers watching from the nearby bridge still do not see its shadow.

Time passes, the church in the city center rings its eleven bells.

The curious flock to welcome the marine mammal that is making headlines at the beginning of August.

But at 11:25 a.m., the news fell:

“Despite an unprecedented beluga rescue operation, we are sad to announce his death”

, declares the prefecture of Calvados which, too, was patiently awaiting the arrival of the cetacean.

Everything was ready to receive it in the port of Ouistreham.

A command post had been activated and the teams mobilized.

Read alsoMany mysteries surrounding the presence of the beluga in the Seine

For a week, the two Normandy departments have been living to the rhythm of the animal's difficult breathing...

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Source: lefigaro

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