Big bet to save lost beluga whale

Vitvalen ska flyttas till en bassäng med saltvatten.
The beluga whale will be moved to a pool of salt water.

In France the attempt to save an undernourished and lost beluga whale has begun. The idea is to lift the whale to a vehicle that will transport it to a saltwater pool by the sea for care.

Divers, vets and about 40 firefighters are part of the around 80 man strong task force led by the organization Sea Shepherd France. The work takes place during the night when it is cooler.

But moving the choice is risky. According to the organization, whales can die from stress. At the same time, it won't survive much longer in the warm fresh water of the Seine.

It will be a fight against the clock, says Lamya Essemllali, chairman of Sea Shepherd France, to the news agency AP.

If the nearly four-metre-long and 800-pound whale responds to the treatment, it will be returned to the open sea.

The beluga whale was discovered in Seine last week and has made its way to a lock about 70 kilometres from Paris. White whale, or beluga, is naturally found in Arctic waters off the coasts of Alaska, Canada and Russia.