Killer whale in the Seine: the animal died of starvation with ammunition in the head

Killer whale in the Seine: the animal died of starvation with ammunition in the head

Ammunition was discovered in the carcass of the killer whale found dead in the Seine at the end of May. – Photo: Screenshot.

The first reasons put forward were not the right ones. The prefecture of Seine-Maritime published this Wednesday July 6 a long press release returning to the death of an orca wandering in the Seine. The animal had been lost for several weeks in the river. His very poor apparent state of health had then led the authorities to take the decision to euthanize him because of a disease in his epidermis: mucomyrosis. The orca was finally found dead on Monday May 30 by the Sea Shepherd association.

The necropsy performed after the death finally delivered other conclusions. No, the killer whale did not die of this disease found on its skin. Specialists lean, now, for a death of inanition: she died of hunger. “Her stomach was empty except for a few seal claws and whiskers found, confirming that she had not eaten recently.“, specifies the press release. As for mucomyrciasis, it was, in fact, “of a common freshwater fungus“.

Sea Shepherd files a complaint

Case closed ? Not really, since the prefecture adds the discovery, at the base of the orca’s skull,the presence of ammunition“. The specialists cannot say when this injury was caused or if it had consequences on the state of health of the cetacean. But the mention is enough to infuriate Sea Shepherd representatives. They announced their intention to file a complaint against X for the destruction of a protected species.

The officials who examined the orca specify that if death from starvation remains the preferred hypothesis, it cannot be the subject of any certainty. Further examinations are planned before the skeleton of the killer whale joins the collection of the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN).


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