scientists ask not to approach the animal

Scientists from the Cotentin Cetacean Study Group (GECC) are taking part in a meeting organized this Wednesday with state services on the subject of the killer whale which has been evolving since Friday in the loops of the Seine. The marine mammal will not be able to survive in fresh water.

The cetacean was first spotted off Le Havre last week, where its presence is quite rare. His last report was made at the level of the commune of Yainville, quite far inland.

weakened animal

This is’a male, who seems in poor health:He has numerous skin lesions, which indicates that he is probably sick. His height and weight also suggest that he is weakened.“explains Delphine Eloi, from the Cotentin Cetacean Study Group (GECC).

Deprived of minerals brought by sea water, the orca’s immune system weakens in fresh water.

He must imperatively find his way back to the sea to survive.

Do not approach the animal

Specialists recommend to those curious to do not try to approach it so as not to stress the animalwhich would aggravate his condition.

A meeting is to be held this Wednesday with state services to organize the securing of a perimeter. Any attempt to contact the marine mammal is dangerous for him but also for those who would like to risk it in a kayak for example.

Risky rescue attempt

Arrange a rescue operation is very stressful for cetaceans: “We know that human intervention to try to bring the animal back to its original environment is risky. Some dolphins die of a heart attack in this kind of situation, due to too much stress“explains Delphine Eloi.

Knowing that the animal is already weakened, it is up to the scientists to give their opinion to measure the benefit/risk ratio of such an intervention.

This is the first time that members of the Cotentin Cetacean Study Group (GECC) have observed such a phenomenon. The animal, which generally lives in groups, may have wandered off to hunt or out of curiosity.

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