Beluga Whale Spotted in River Seine in France

A beluga whale has been spotted in the River Seine in France, prompting authorities to ponder rescue efforts.

Officials in the Eure department of Normandy said on Aug. 3 that images suggested that the mammal was separated from its pod.

The whale, which is a protected species usually found in cold Arctic waters, was currently near a lock at Vernon, about 70 km (43 miles) northwest of Paris, BBC News reports.

The whale appeared to be underweight, but officials have yet to report on its size.

An adult beluga whale can reach up to four meters (13 feet) in length.

“Studies of its health are underway to determine the best measures to take to ensure its chances of survival,” the Eure regional authorities said, as quoted by AFP News.

Officials have urged the public to keep away from the whale to avoid distressing it.

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