Beluga whale stranded in French river dies after failed rescue mission
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."
The closest beluga whale colony is in Svalbard, an archipelago located in northern Norway 3,000km (1,860 miles) from the River Seine.