• On TikTok, a video is circulating according to which a whale would have washed up on the banks of the Seine in the heart of Paris.

  • It was actually a work of art exhibited there in 2017 by Belgian artists, to raise awareness of changes in the environment.

  • Not to be confused with the beluga currently present in the Seine, and which should be moved soon.

A whale stranded on the banks of the Seine in the heart of Paris?

Here is some amazing news.

On Tiktok, a video shared thousands of times indeed shows the imposing animal, lying on the docks.

People who appear to be scientists in white protective suits inspect the cetacean.

“It will happen more and more,” he wrote in the caption of the video.

“It happens quite often, but not in Paris anyway.

He went up in the estuary to save himself from the sonars, and then we looked and he had an infection on his eye so he couldn't see anything.

He came back up and he got stuck over there behind the bridge.

It was the firefighters who had a call,” a man interviewed can be heard saying in the video.

In the comments, some Internet users say: “It is indeed true, it was in 2017.” Did a whale really wash up on the quays in the middle of Paris?

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In reality, this whale present on the banks of the Seine was made of wood and polyester.

It was a work of art displayed on the wharf.

“In July 2017, the whale was stranded at Notre-Dame de Paris.

The city was shaking.

In collaboration with the fantastic Paris L'été festival”, is it written on the page of the Captain Boomer Collective, at the origin of this work.

For three days, passers-by were able to observe the animal from a little over fifteen meters.

It was indeed very realistic, down to the smallest detail.

A person from the collective, pretending to be a scientist, even cut the skin with a scalpel in order to “get the gas out, otherwise it could explode”.

The man present in the video shared on social networks is in fact one of the members of the collective, Tim Van Noten, who explains the imagined scenario.

The cetacean had already walked the London quays in 2013, then those of Rennes in 2016.

“The stranded whale is a gigantic metaphor for the disruption of our ecological system.

People feel their connection to nature is disrupted.

The play between fiction and reality reinforces this feeling of disturbance, explains the collective on its site.

There is an important educational dimension to beaching.

Together with real scientists, we provide lots of information about sperm whales and why they get stranded.


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A video not to be confused with the different animals that have come up the Seine this year.

Because if no whale was stranded on the quays of Paris, it is true to say that cetaceans went up the river.

At the beginning of August an 800 kg beluga was spotted more than 130 km from the sea. The cetacean, used to cold waters, was in the lock of Saint-Pierre-La-Garenne, in Eure .

He appeared very weakened, and was no longer feeding.

A rescue was started on Wednesday morning, with the aim of releasing the beluga into the sea, after giving it the necessary care.

The teams unfortunately noted a failing respiratory activity and significant weakness.

The decision was therefore made to euthanize him.

In May an orca had been observed not far from Rouen, but had ended up dying.


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