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Animals released from whale prison returned to Shantara

Animals released from whale prison returned to Shantara
Photo: vniro.ru

Killer whales and beluga whales released from the seaside “whale prison” are adapting to natural conditions and have already reached the places where they were caught. According to scientists of VNIRO, animals have high chances to unite with relatives.

According to the signals from satellite tags installed on marine mammals, and visual monitoring, all released animals came to the Shantar Islands, where they were caught more than a year ago. According to VNIRO Deputy Director for Research Vyacheslav Bizikov, while in captivity, killer whales and belugas did not lose their natural instincts, began to independently obtain food and establish social ties with wild relatives - as the data from the lighthouse show, in the Konstantin bay area, one killer whale moves in group of "relatives".

Eight out of ten killer whales and six out of 87 beluga whales were released from the “whale prison”. Today begins the fourth stage of transportation. Two killer whales and six beluga whales are being prepared for release. Greenpeace representatives fear that operation may interfere Amur's high level - because of it the overload of animals on a barge in Khabarovsk threatens to become complicated.