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Beluga Whale Lost in French River Euthanized During Rescue

French marine experts made an attempt to rescue the stranded beluga whale.

French marine experts made an attempt to rescue the stranded beluga whale.

Photographer: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

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Paris (AP) -- A beluga whale that became a French celebrity after a wrong turn took it up the Seine River had to be euthanized Wednesday after experiencing health complications during an urgent rescue operation, authorities said.

The sparkling white marine mammal appeared deep inside France last week, having accidentally veered off the normal ocean migration route that takes belugas to and from Arctic waters.