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Killer whales and white whales from the "whale prison" in Primorye will be released near Shantar
The council gathered to decide the fate of killer whales and beluga whales from the “whale prison” in Primorye, agreed with the conclusions of international experts and recommended that all animals be returned to their natural habitat. Scientists recommended releasing them in places where mammals were caught - in the northwestern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, in the Shantar area.
It will be possible to release killer whales and belugas no sooner than June - now ice remains in the Sea of Okhotsk. In the near future, experts will develop individual plans for the return of marine mammals to their natural habitat.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, Russian scientists agreed that the physical condition of the animals allows them to be returned to freedom. According to the VNIRO Deputy Director Vyacheslav Bizikov, all 10 killer whales and 87 beluga whales are in a satisfactory state of health, two belugas found some minor problems, one of the killer whales had a broken tooth, several animals had skin lesions. However, this will not be an obstacle to their release.
Recently, the President of the Future of the Ocean Society, Jean-Michel Cousteau, sent to the Ministry of Natural Resources recommendations for the rehabilitation and release of killer whales and beluga whales from the "whale prison" in Primorye. According to the report of the Cousteau team, all killer whales and beluga whales from Srednyaya Bay can be rehabilitated and set free, there are no scientifically-based reasons why mammals should be left in the “whale prison”.