This is the moment a helpless whale is stranded in a city river after getting lost on its way to a breeding ground.
The southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) was filmed stranded in the Parana River in Escobar Partido in the eastern Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
Despite the best efforts of a team of rescuers, the whale died in the river.
It is currently unknown how the whale became lost and ended up in the river, however autopsy results hope to establish whether it was ill or infected.
Experts from the Argentine Naval Prefecture and the Temaiken Foundation arrived on the scene and tried to direct the whale towards the ocean as they initially believed that it had just got lost.
However, the southern right whale was unable to return to the sea by itself and it eventually died near Regasificador Port.
Experts retrieved samples to analysis at the University of Buenos Aires with colleagues from the Cethus Foundation, according to local media.
Reports said that southern right whales usually arrive in the area between the months of May and November to breed.
The investigation into the cause of the whale’s death is ongoing.
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