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A Frenchman desperately tries to save a beluga whale that has strayed into the Seine River.

A Beluga whale is seen swimming up France's Seine River.
Beluga whales are seen swimming in the Seine River in France. AFP via Getty Images

French environmentalists feed a missing beluga that has washed up on the Seine

This dangerously lean animal has strayed from its native Arctic habitat and swims in the waters of Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, west of Paris. It was first spotted earlier this week.

Marine conservation group Sea Shepherd France, which seeks to feed blue whales with herring, tweeted Saturday: Any fish offered to him is always ignored.

Beluga whales typically eat octopus, squid, crabs, and shrimp. But in river water, they can't sustain their diet.This mammal swam away from boats trying to steer it into safer waters.

"It's clearly a race against time," said Sea Shepherd President Ramya Essemurali. "It's really very thin. It has bones sticking out. I don't know if it's too late."

The Beluga is currently isolated between two locks in Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne.
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A firefighter looks at the screen as drone flying above Seine monitors the whale's movements.
The animal appears underweight and experts are worried about its health.
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Drone footage shows a whale swimming dozens of miles inland in Normandy, between Paris and Rouen.

Poth wire