Walmart Whale Trades For August 10


Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on Walmart WMT.

And retail traders should know.

We noticed this today when the big position showed up on publicly available options history that we track here at Benzinga.

Whether this is an institution or just a wealthy individual, we don’t know. But when something this big happens with WMT, it often means somebody knows something is about to happen.

So how do we know what this whale just did?

Today, Benzinga‘s options scanner spotted 18 uncommon options trades for Walmart.

This isn’t normal.

The overall sentiment of these big-money traders is split between 38% bullish and 61%, bearish.

Out of all of the special options we uncovered, 7 are puts, for a total amount of $237,920, and 11 are calls, for a total amount of $621,795.

What’s The Price Target?

Taking into account the Volume and Open Interest on these contracts, it appears that whales have been targeting a price range from $75.0 to $135.0 for Walmart over the last 3 months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

Looking at the volume and open interest is an insightful way to conduct due diligence on a stock.

This data can help you track the liquidity and interest for Walmart’s options for a given strike price.

Below, we can observe the evolution of the volume and open interest of calls and puts, respectively, for all of Walmart’s whale activity within a strike price range from $75.0 to $135.0 in the last 30 days.

Walmart Option Volume And Open Interest Over Last 30 Days

Biggest Options Spotted:


Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
WMT CALL SWEEP BEARISH 09/16/22 $130.00 $162.0K 4.2K 944
WMT CALL TRADE BULLISH 01/20/23 $130.00 $84.0K 6.5K 129
WMT CALL TRADE BEARISH 09/23/22 $131.00 $65.4K 12 220
WMT CALL TRADE BULLISH 09/16/22 $75.00 $64.9K 12 22
WMT CALL SWEEP BEARISH 09/16/22 $130.00 $53.9K 4.2K 284

Where Is Walmart Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 8,359,635, the price of WMT is up 0.2% at $129.13.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock may be approaching overbought.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 6 days.

What The Experts Say On Walmart:

  • Deutsche Bank has decided to maintain their Buy rating on Walmart, which currently sits at a price target of $142.
  • Morgan Stanley has decided to maintain their Overweight rating on Walmart, which currently sits at a price target of $145.
  • BMO Capital has decided to maintain their Outperform rating on Walmart, which currently sits at a price target of $160.
  • Raymond James has decided to maintain their Outperform rating on Walmart, which currently sits at a price target of $140.
  • Stifel has decided to maintain their Hold rating on Walmart, which currently sits at a price target of $145.

Options are a riskier asset compared to just trading the stock, but they have higher profit potential. Serious options traders manage this risk by educating themselves daily, scaling in and out of trades, following more than one indicator, and following the markets closely.

If you want to stay updated on the latest options trades for Walmart, Benzinga Pro gives you real-time options trades alerts.

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I’m a size 22 & love wearing tiny bikinis in heatwaves – trolls say I’m too fat & call me whale but I’m proud of my body

POSING happily and flaunting her curves in a white string bikini, size 22 Adele Hobkinson is determined to defy the cruel trolls who regularly taunt her and tell her to cover up.

The former customer service worker, 40, who weighs over 18st, says she’s proud to be plus size, feeling her sexiest when wearing skimpy swimwear and mini skirts, which help her keep cool while looking hot.

Mum of three Adele is proud to flaunt her curves and loves nothing more than wearing a sexy string bikini


Mum of three Adele is proud to flaunt her curves and loves nothing more than wearing a sexy string bikiniCredit: @ADELESEXYUK

Sadly, the abuse 5ft 5in Adele – who has a BMI of 45 which makes her ‘clinically obese’ – receives is constant, with critics branding her “disgusting” and a “whale”.

However the mum-of-three from Nottingham wants to share her story to encourage others to ignore the haters and feel confident about their own bodies.

Adele says: “I’ve reclaimed the word ‘fat’, and am so proud of my curves, so why wouldn’t I show them off?

“I receive so much hate, but so much love too – women message to say I’m a role model, and I’ve had marriage requests from men all over the world!

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The former customer service worker hasn't always felt so confident


The former customer service worker hasn’t always felt so confidentCredit: @ADELESEXYUK

“My body has produced three amazing kids, and I want to show you don’t have to be a size zero or a Love Island wannabe to look fab and feel confident.”

‘I was called Mrs Blobby and fatso’

Despite her positivity now, Adele hasn’t always been so body confident, having been bullied from the age of five.

She says: “I’ve always been a big girl, I would comfort eat chocolate and sweets. By the time I was 12 I was a size 14.

“At 16 I was wearing size 18 clothes, and I was constantly called cruel names like Mrs Blobby and Fatso.

“I was teased mercilessly. I’d cry all the time and I felt left out and unwanted.

“At my lowest ebb I hated myself, and my body, and believed the bullies.

“I tried every weightloss plan, from the cabbage soup diet to eating only red or green foods. Nothing worked and it really impacted my confidence.

“It got to the point where I didn’t think I could ever love my body or find a fella.”

New found confidence

Adele now doesn't feel the need to cover up her body, and wants to encourage others to do the same


Adele now doesn’t feel the need to cover up her body, and wants to encourage others to do the sameCredit: @ADELESEXYUK

However in December 2003, aged 22, Adele met her partner of 19 years, retired aerial installer Tom, now 52.

Adele says: “At that point I was over 20st and a size 26, and I covered up my hated body with baggy tent dresses.

“However, Tom showered me with compliments and told me he loved me for who I was. 

“It gave me the confidence to love my body.”

Finally feeling sexy

In April 2007, Adele and Tom welcomed their first son, now 15.

Their second son, 13, came along in November 2008 and their daughter, nine, was born in December 2012.

Adele says: “During each pregnancy I gained weight and found it incredibly hard to lose, so I decided I needed to change the way I thought about my body and embrace my curves.

“Tom was constantly telling me I was sexy and glamorous so I started to embrace my curves and began shopping in Primark, BooHoo and Asda for short skirts and low cut, stretchy tops to show off my 42C chest.

“It was at a time when shops weren’t selling as many plus size fashion options as there are today, so it wasn’t easy.”

Cruel taunts

The mum has over quarter of a million social media fans


The mum has over quarter of a million social media fansCredit: @ADELESEXYUK

In 2010, aged 28, Adele started sharing her body confidence journey on YouTube, and later set up her own Instagram and TikTok, accumulating 350,000 fans and followers.

However while Adele had found confidence, cruel trolls weren’t so thrilled by her outfit choices and she started to get horrible looks and comments, both online and in person.

She says: “The first cruel taunt was in July 2014 when I was online wearing a red low-cut top and and black mini skirt. 

“Someone wrote, ‘you look like a Beluga whale, cover up’. At first I was shocked and mortified.

“It bothered me that someone would take the time to type such a hurtful remark on a public forum when they could have just looked at something else.

“Then I realised I was better than that and I should ignore the trolls because they eventually get bored. I feel sorry for them.”

‘I’ve been called a whale’

The social media star is determined to promote body positivity and receives compliments as well as criticism


The social media star is determined to promote body positivity and receives compliments as well as criticismCredit: @ADELESEXYUK

Now Adele is used to the abuse, especially after going viral in April this year.

She says: “I uploaded a video of myself wearing a white string bikini slapping my belly and said, ‘This is a bikini body. I am ready to go and p*** some people off at the beach.’

“I was stunned when the video got more than 4.6million views in just a few days.

“Quickly, the abuse rolled in. ‘Early grave,’ typed one keyboard warrior. Others said I was a ‘whale’, ‘disgusting’ and said I needed to cover up.”

‘Fat fan club’

Adele says the abuse makes her laugh and she feels sorry for trolls


Adele says the abuse makes her laugh and she feels sorry for trollsCredit: @ADELESEXYUK

Thankfully, Adele’s confidence has won her legions of fans, too.

She says: “The abuse makes me laugh and I don’t care.

“I have over a quarter of a million social media followers from all over the world who cannot get enough of my big, beautiful body.

“Plus-size women who hide their bodies because they fear being abused congratulate me on my confidence, and I receive lots of compliments thanking me.

“My inbox is full of thousands of other messages of love, and I also have male admirers from around the world asking me to marry them, and tell me I am a ‘hot mumma’.

“Others have pleaded for me to set up an OnlyFans page so they can see me pose nude. I haven’t done it, but it’s really flattering.

“I will not be told what to do or what to wear by gutless trolls. I am not frightened of flaunting my flab and showing off my fat – it is my body and I am proud.”

Adele posing proudly in a skimpy bikini


Adele posing proudly in a skimpy bikiniCredit: @ADELESEXYUK
Adele says she won't let nasty people stop her celebrating her body


Adele says she won’t let nasty people stop her celebrating her bodyCredit: @ADELESEXYUK

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Creamline eyes AVC Cup berth, clashes with King Whale

Game Friday
(Filoil EcoOil Centre)

4 p.m. – King Whale vs Creamline

MANILA, Philippines – Creamline aims to secure the right to represent the country in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup while King Whale of Taipei guns for the second and last finals berth as the two face off Friday in the Premier Volleyball League Invitational at the Filoil EcoOil Centre.

The Cool Smashers, unbeaten in three semis outings, booked the first seat to the one-game finale on a silver platter after the Taiwanese club clawed back from the grave with a 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13 win over the PLDT Power Hitters Tuesday.

A triumph against KWT in their 4 p.m. showdown would seal Creamline the honor of carrying the Philippine flag in the AVC Cup slated set late this month at the PhilSports Complex.

KWT is expected to give the reigning Open Conference champion a run for its money as it shoots for the win that would complete the cast in the finals scheduled Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Although KWT prevailed over PLDT, the former is not assured of a spot in the finals just yet as it would need to win at last one of its last two games including the last versus Cignal tomorrow for it to advance to the finals.

 “Whichever team we’d be facing in the finals, we’re excited,” said Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses.

The Cool Smashers are expected to parade their power-hitting troika of Open Conference MVP Tots Carlos, skipper Alyssa Valdez and Jema Galanza while the Taiwanese should rely heavily on Beatriz Flavio de Carvalho and Chen Li Jun, who came thrugh with the biggest hits in the fifth set to seal the win.

Interesting to watch also is the titanic setter duel between Creeamline’s Jia de Guzman and KWT captain, Liao Ji-Yean.

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Vivid description of whale’s leap is next best thing to being there

Re “Not just watch, it’s watch out!” (Page A1, Aug. 5): What a great piece of writing by Hanna Krueger on the front page of Friday’s Globe. She writes, “There’s a ripple. A spout of mist. A flash of neon green. The ocean water pixelates with a horde of dancing, shimmering fish called menhaden. Just then, out of the blue bay, emerges a mouth. A giant mouth, 10 feet wide, followed by a mammoth body, glistening like wet stone.”

Thank you for capturing, so beautifully, the image of humpback whales surfacing this summer in Plymouth Bay. It’s been quite a sight to behold, if only through the lenses of your reporters and photographers.

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17-metre long sperm whale carcass washes up near Nelson

A 17m long dead sperm whale has washed up on Rabbit Island, near Nelson.

The dead sperm whale was reported to DOC on Wednesday morning.

Department of Conservation Motueka operations manager Chris Golding said it was reported on Wednesday morning and was likely to have died of natural causes.

DOC was consulting with Te Tau Ihu iwi representatives about options to decide what will happen with the remains of the whale.

Iwi representatives said a karakia for the whale on Wednesday afternoon.

DOC advised people to keep away from the whale and not to touch it for health reasons.

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An Asteroid the Size of a Blue Whale to Zoom Past Earth on August 12 — Is It Potentially Hazardous?

The asteroid, which was named 2015 FF, will pass by Earth on Friday, NASA said.

An asteroid with the estimated diameter of about 42 to 92 feet or just about the size of an adult blue whale is expected to pass near Earth on Friday, August 12. NASA said that the asteroid named 2015 FF is traveling 33,012 km/h or 27 times the speed of sound.

According to, the 2015 FF asteroid will come within 4.3 million kilometers, or just about eight times the average distance between the Earth and its moon, making it a very short distance. NASA labels any space object that comes within 193 million km as a “near-Earth object” and any fast-moving object within 7.5 million km as “potentially hazardous.”

Because the 2015 FF asteroid is traveling quickly and falls within the 7.5 million km range, it has been categorized as “potentially hazardous” by NASA. Given this distinction, NASA’s astronomers are now closely monitoring the asteroid and other objects like it, determining any deviation from its predicted trajectories. Such occurrences include when an asteroid bounces off another asteroid or object that would make it create another path that may be devastating for residents of Earth.

How NASA Monitors Moving Space Objects

NASA monitors space objects using the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS), which is made up of four telescopes that scans the entire night sky daily or every 24 hours. ATLAS first came online in 2017 and since then it has detected more than 700 near-Earth asteroids and 66 comets.

ATLAS has also detected two asteroids called 2019 MO and 2018 LA, which both hit Earth. 2019 MO fell into the southern Coast of Puerto Rico, while 2018 LA landed near the border of Botswana and South Africa. Both asteroids were too small to cause any major damage.

Thanks to groundbreaking new technology, NASA is now able to estimate the trajectories of all near-Earth objects through the end of the century. The agency said that there is currently no known danger from an apocalyptic asteroid collision for the next 100 years or so. Despite this, NASA remains vigilant as there have been a number of devastating asteroid impacts in recent history.

Read Also: Asteroid Bennu Has a Massive Crater Thanks to Collision with Space Rock That Also Caused a Landslide

Why NASA Continues to Watch the Skies

NASA continuously monitors the skies to ensure that the Earth is prepared for any unexpected events, such as the one in March 2021, in which a bowling ball-sized meteor exploded over Vermont with a force of 200 kilograms of TNT, Livescience reported. In 2013, a meteor struck the atmosphere over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, generating a blast of about 400 to 500 kilotons of TNT, or up to 26 to 33 times the energy released by the Hiroshima bomb. The result was fireballs raining down over the city, damaging buildings, breaking windows, and injuring up to 1,200 people.

The public should rest assured, however, that NASA and other space agencies around the world are equipped to handle any asteroid coming the Earth’s way and are capable of deflecting the object through various efforts. Back in November 2021, NASA launched a spacecraft as part of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission to redirect a non-hazardous asteroid named Dimorphos, by pushing it off course later this year.

Related Article: Asteroid Misses Earth by a Few Thousand Miles: Astronomer Shares Discovery on Twitter

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What happened to the Beluga whale stuck in the Seine River in France?

After being stuck in the Seine River in France for more than a week, a 13-foot Beluga whale died while being transported back to sea.

How did the Beluga whale get stuck in France?

The whale swam into the river and got stuck on Aug. 2 in Saint-Pierre-La-Garenne, a lock 45 miles northwest of Paris that contains freshwater. It’s still not clear where he came from or why he swam into the river.

Healthy adult Beluga whales are around 13 to 20 feet long and weigh about 2,000 to 2,500 pounds, per National Geographic.

This Beluga weighed in at a low 1,800 pounds, dangerously underweight because of a digestive issue he was experiencing, according to USA Today.


In this aerial image, taken by a drone from the environmental group Sea Shepherd, shows a Beluga whale in the Seine river in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne region, west of Paris, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.

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What happened to the Beluga whale in France?

The animal was euthanized while being transported to a saltwater pool in Normandy, due to deteriorating health conditions.

“During the trip, the veterinarians noted a deterioration in its condition, particularly in its respiratory activity, and we were able to see that the animal was in pain, not breathing enough,” Florence Ollivet-Courtois, veterinarian at the fire and rescue service, said in a public statement, per USA Today. “The suffering was obvious for the animal, so it was important to release its tension.”

The operation included 80 people, working as divers, scientists, police and firefighters, attempting to save the whale from being stuck, per The Washington Post.

Ollivet-Courtois said the attempt to move the whale was the last chance to try to save him because if he was left there, “he was doomed to a certain death.”

Have whales been rescued in similar missions before?

This is hardly the first attempt to rescue a trapped whale.

In 1988, three gray whales got trapped under sea ice in Barrow, Alaska.

The whales captivated the world and launched an effort to save the whales that involved the Alaska National Guard and the U.S. Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and —despite tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union — the Soviet Union also joined the mission.

“Operation Breakthrough” was a million-dollar operation to drill holes into the ice so that the whales could breathe on their journey out of the ice, back to the sea, according to National Geographic.

Unfortunately, the smallest and weakest whale did not survive the journey. A movie starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, called “Big Miracle,” was based on the events and was released in 2012.

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How To See & Swim With The Incredible Blue Whale

Blue Whales are the largest animals to have ever existed, and it is possible to see – and even swim – with them today.

Perhaps the most common whale seen on whale watching tours around the world is the beautiful humpback whale – although in New Zealand’s Kaikoura region – sperm whales are the main attraction. But where can one see the venerable blue whale – the largest animal to have ever lived? It turns out there are a number of places one can see this majestic animal. Blue Whales migrate between the poles and the tropics – so knowing the season for watching them is important. They can be seen from California to Australia to Sri Lanka.


One of the main places to see whales (particularly humpbacks) on America’s West Coast is Puget Sound – visitors are taken aback by the sheer amount of marine wildlife there. Whales are some of the most intelligent and gentle giants of the oceans and have long been a source of fascination.

The Blue Whale: The Largest Animal In History

The blue whale is a baleen whale and the largest animal known to have ever lived. It grows up to 29.9 meters (98 feet) and weighs up to 199 tonnes.

  • Length: Up to 98 feet or 29.9 Meters
  • Weight: Up To 199 Tonnes

There are four recognized subspecies of blue whales, and they roam throughout the world’s oceans. They migrate from the summer feeding areas by the poles to the tropics, where they breed. They are filter feeders with a diet almost entirely of krill. The only natural predator of blue whales is killer whales (aka orcas).

  • Status: Endangered
  • Population: Estimated 10,000-25,000 Individuals
  • Blue Whale’s Heart: The Size Of A Car
  • Blue Whale’s Tongue: The Weight Of An Elephant

While the blue whales were once abundant, they there hunted to the edge of extinction by whaling (banned in 1966). Today they are protected, but their population is still struggling to recover.

Related: Did You Know You Could Take Whale-Watching Tours In Boston? Here’s What To Expect

Day Blue Whale Tour In Western Australia

Whale Watch Western Australia provides the only blue whale tour in Australia. On the tour, people can join the research team and watch the massive whales feeding in the Perth Canyon. This is one of the few tours where seeing blue whales is guaranteed.

  • Cost: $350.00 AUD ($250 USD)
  • Duration: 7 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Fremantle, Western Australia
  • Tour Dates: April-May

The Perth Canyon is located some 30 nautical miles off the coast of Perth and is a place blue whales come to feed every year. Perth Canyon is one of the very few places in the world where blue whales can be seen in the wild.

  • Perth Canyon: Larger Than The Grand Canyon – Just Underwater

The migration of blue whales is centered around finding krill. Seasonally there is abundant krill in the Perth Canyon, and the whales feast there for a few weeks every year.

Related: Whales & Humans Have Found Ways To Coexist With Baja Expeditions

9-Day Safari Swim With Blue Whales In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the few places where it is actually possible to swim with blue whales. The Sri Lanka Blue Whale Safari gets guests up close and personal with these gentle giants of the oceans for a truly thrilling experience.

The exact location they use is kept secret, and they work closely with marine specialists with non-intrusive “in-water” encounters. On the trip, guests have the chance to snorkel with blue whales while spotting other marine wildlife like sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and pilot whales.

  • Cost: From $8,800
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Season: End Feb – Beginning April

The blue whale safari starts on the east coast of Sri Lanka (around an 8-hour drive from the capital of Colombo). The first night is spent at a resort by the beach in a secluded location.

The next day board the vessel and head out deep into the Indian Ocean, and the next seven days are dedicated to seeing and photographing the blue whales underwater. Get up early in the morning to see the whales and then kick back in the evenings at the beachside resorts and enjoy the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka.

There are other places in the world to see blue whales as well – one of the best is just off the coast of California. The best season for seeing blue whales off the coast of Southern California is May through October, and there are daily whale watching tours during this season.

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Beluga whale dies during rescue attempt in France: Officials


Rescuers pull up a net as they rescue a beluga whale stranded in the River Seine at Notre Dame de la-Garenne. AFP

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The Beluga whale, which was lifted out of the River Seine earlier on Wednesday, has died, despite the mission to save it, according to local authorities.

“Despite an unprecedented rescue operation for the Beluga, we are sad to announce the death of the cetacean,” the prefect of the Calvados department, said on Twitter.

Earlier, after nearly six hours of work by divers and rescuers, the 800-kilogramme (1,800-pound) cetacean was lifted from the river by a net and crane at around 4am (0200 GMT) and placed on a barge under the immediate care of a dozen veterinarians, AFP journalists said.


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The beluga, a protected species usually found in cold Arctic waters, will next be placed in a refrigerated truck and transported to the coast, Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet, secretary general of the Eure prefecture, said ahead of the rescue operation.

“The truck will be refrigerated, at a temperature suited for the animal, humidity, a certain type of comfort, so there is no risk of asphyxiation,” Dorliat-Pouzet said.

Beluga whale that strayed into France’s Seine river swims near the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne on Tuesday. Reuters

The four-metre (13-foot) whale was spotted more than a week ago heading towards Paris and was stranded some 130 kilometres (80 miles) inland from the Channel at Saint-Pierre-La-Garenne in Normandy.

Since Friday, the animal’s movement inland had been blocked by a lock at Saint-Pierre-La-Garenne, 70 kilometres northwest of Paris, and its health had deteriorated after it refused to eat.

But its condition was “satisfactory”, Isabelle Brasseur of the Marineland sea animal park in southern France, Europe’s biggest, told AFP earlier on Tuesday.

A seawater basin at a lock in the Channel port of Ouistreham has been readied for the animal, which will spend three days there under observation and treatment in preparation for its release into the open sea.

“There it will, we hope, have a better chance of survival,” NGO Sea Shepherd France, which is assisting the operation, said.

The beluga will be taken onto the high seas and released “far enough away from the coast” to regain its rightful place in nature, Dorliat-Pouzet said earlier.


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Stranded beluga whale dies after being hoisted out of Seine River in France

The beluga whale that was lifted out of France’s River Seine has died, despite the mission to save it.

“Despite an unprecedented rescue operation for the beluga, we are sad to announce the death of the cetacean,” the prefect of the Calvados department, said on Twitter.

Rescuers had removed the whale from the river in preparation for its transfer to a saltwater basin in Normandy.

Veterinarian Ollivet Courtois said that, during the rescue operation, the dangerously thin white mammal began to have breathing difficulties, and so experts decided to euthanise the creature.

The lost beluga was first seen in the French river, far from its Arctic habitat, last week and had swum nearly halfway to Paris before local authorities confined it in a large lock system.

Earlier on Wednesday, conservation group Sea Shepherd France said the whale had no digestive activity for unknown reasons.

Veterinary exams were done after the beluga was hauled out of the water after about six hours of preparation.

The group said the beluga was a male with no infectious diseases and there were plans to try to re-stimulate the marine mammal’s digestion.

Conservationists have tried unsuccessfully since Friday to feed fish to the beluga.

Whale to travel by refrigerated truck

A french river lock system.
The whale was swimming towards Paris when authorities confined it in this lock.(AP: Aurelien Morissard)

A veterinary team was planning to transport the 4-meter-long whale to a coastal spot in the north-eastern French port town of Ouistreham for “a period of care”, according to Lamya Essemlali, president of Sea Shepherd France.

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