The beluga whale had wandered within 70km of Paris and hadn’t eaten for a week when rescuers tried to save it.
Stranded beluga whale euthanised during rescue from Seine
An ailing beluga whale that strayed into the River Seine died during an attempt to return it to the sea off northern France, authorities said.
Rescue divers overnight guided the whale into a net before a crane lifted it from the river in an operation which lasted six hours. It was then transported in a refrigerated truck to the Channel port of Ouistreham.
During the road journey, the already-weak beluga suffered respiratory failure and it was euthanised by vets shortly after arriving in Ouistreham.
“Despite an unprecedented rescue operation, it is with sadness that we announce the cetacean’s death,” the local Calvados authorities said.