a guidance operation is in progress

An operation is currently underway to assist an adult male killer whale, stuck in the Seine for two months.

Will she finally be able to get out of the mouth of the Seine? While a male killer whale is stuck between Le Havre and Rouen, an operation is currently underway near Grand-Quevilly (Seine-Maritime) to help the animal this Saturday. It is a question of redirecting it towards the sea, its natural environment in the same way as the oceans.

To do this, the prefecture of Seine-Maritime highlights in a statement, “a gentle method of intervention”. Specifically, killer whale sounds will be played to redirect the animal. A boat will seek to locate it, while a second will be further back to observe its behavior.

“It’s experimental, we’re not sure it works,” said Charlotte Curé, researcher in cetacean bioacoustics at the Center for Studies and Expertise on Risks, the Environment, Mobility and development (Cerema). She is part of the group of specialists mobilized this Saturday.

At his side, we find in particular Delphine Éloi and Gérard Mauger, respectively director and vice-president of the Cotentin Cetacean Study Group (Geec), as well as firefighters from the department.

The latter will deploy a drone to locate the orca and then take photos and videos to see its state of health.

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