The operation is not completed: the next group will soon begin to prepare for release.
Specialists of the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO) released into the natural environment two killer whales and six beluga whales from the “whale prison” in Primorye. This was reported by the press service of the Institute.
Experts said that the killer whales stayed for several hours near the shore, and then went out into the open waters of the Sakhalin Bay. Belugas left for the open sea at once, all animals were equipped with satellite tags.
Before the release, the veterinarians took all the necessary tests, the health indicators of the animals are good. Also, killer whales and belugas have satellite tags that will allow scientists to track their movements and collect data about their behavior.Alexey SmorodovVNIRO press secretary
The next group of animals will begin to be prepared for transportation and release after the return of specialists to Primorye.
From summer to autumn 2018, private companies caught 11 killer whales and 90 belugas and placed them at the base for adaptation. On November 16, 2018, the Primorsky Krai SC initiated a criminal case under the article on the illegal harvest of aquatic biological resources. February 22, 2019, Putin ordered the Ministry of Natural Resources to solve the problem of whales before March 1.
In support of the animals expressed Pamela Anderson, son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. On April 8, the head of Primorye promised to release all animals from the “whale prison” into the natural environment.