Beluga whale stranded in French river dies after failed rescue mission

Beluga whale stranded in French river dies after failed rescue mission

Officials confirmed the whale had died after around 80 rescuers launched a bid to remove it from the river

A beluga whale stranded in France's River Seine has died after a failed rescue mission.

The 800-kilogram cetacean was found stuck in shallow waters northwest of Paris, around 100km inland last Tuesday.

Today, officials confirmed the whale had died after around 80 rescuers launched a bid to remove it from the river and transfer it back to the coast.

The Préfet du Calvados wrote on Twitter today: "Despite an unprecedented rescue operation of #beluga, we are sad to announce the death of the cetacean."

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The closest beluga whale colony is in Svalbard, an archipelago located in northern Norway 3,000km (1,860 miles) from the River Seine.

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