A cetacean observed in the Seine: the prefecture launches surveillance

A cetacean was observed in the Seine on June 30, 2022, announced the prefecture of Seine-Maritime. (©Adobe Stock/Illustration)

” A cetacean was observed several times this Thursday, June 30 afternoon by sailors and pilots of the Seine, between the Normandy bridge and the Tancarville bridge“, announced the prefecture of Seine Maritime by press release. It also indicates that it brought together “the institutional actors concerned as well as the association of the Study Group for Cotentin cetaceans and marine mammals of the Channel Sea (GECC), the Sea Shepherd France organization and the Pelagis observatory.

Photos and videos made it possible to identify what could be a adult sharpnose whale about 10 meters in size. He would be in “good physical condition”. An observation and monitoring system has been set up.

Prohibition to approach

“If it is confirmed that it is indeed this species, it is not uncommon to observe isolated specimens in coastal areas in which the animal is able to feed, including in an estuary. , assures the prefecture, which adds without certainty that it could be the animal seen off Saint-Jouin-de-Bruneval in recent days.

Be that as it may, this whale would be the subject of “special attention from all the players” under the coordination of the prefect of Seine-Maritime. “The Haropa captaincy of the port of Rouen immediately issued a notice to shipping, with regulatory value, addressed to all ships, boats and floating devices in order to inform them of the presence of this wild animal but also to impose the It is forbidden to approach it within 100 meters and, if it is impossible for them to do otherwise, to maintain a distance of at least 10 meters between the boat and the cetacean. »

Witnesses invited to share their observations

The observation device is piloted by the GECC. Sea Shepherd France has said that it is ready to mobilize its teams and boats if necessary to ensure remote observation, in particular by drone. The GECC could join its boats to these surveillance operations if necessary.

Witnesses are invited to report any observation of the mammal, to the GECC by telephone on 07 66 17 50 48 by email via [email protected] or on his website.

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