A beluga whale stranded for several days in the Seine river in France was hauled out in the early hours of Wednesday in an attempt to save its life.
It was the first stage of an ambitious rescue operation to return it to the sea. It will now be transferred to a saltwater basin in Normandy.
It was lifted from the river by a net and crane in the early hours and placed on a barge under the immediate care of a dozen veterinarian
The dangerously thin marine mammal has no digestive activity for unknown reasons, conservation group Sea Shepherd France tweeted, saying veterinary exams were done after the beluga was hauled out of water after hours of preparation.
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