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The first of the whale prison in Primorye will release killer whales
Experts presented to the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources a plan to produce killer whales and beluga whales from the “whale prison” in Primorye. First, they recommend the release of killer whales - all and at the same time until the first decade of June.
Scientists propose to release ten killer whales in Sredny Bay, where they are now contained. According to the director of the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vyacheslav Roznov, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the bay is located within the natural range of killer whales. In addition, the optimal time for their release is now coming, as there is a fish along the coast of the bay to the north, followed by a seal. This will allow the released killer whales to go on a normal diet and return to the places of their usual habitat.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources, the release of killer whales in the Shantarsky Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk is risky: transportation requires special pools and individual lifting devices, transportation can be traumatic and accompanied by stress. In the Sea of Okhotsk will have to build new enclosures for the period of adaptation. Since the time for the release of animals is less and less, this option is not considered the best.
Social activists from the Sakhalin Environmental Watch organization had previously learned about plans for the release of mammals in Srednaya Bay and stated that it is dangerousbecause animals in unusual conditions will not find food for themselves. This was confirmed by the teachings of VNIRO, which called a similar option undesirable. However, Vyacheslav Roznov said that the expert working group assessed all the risks and took into account the recommendations of the Cousteau team.
At the same time, stress and transportation problems do not concern belugas. They want to release the groups in the light of genetic kinship this summer. The first batch of three or four belugas can be transported to the Sea of Okhotsk in the summer on one of the VNIRO vessels. After conducting a molecular genetic analysis of all 87 individuals, scientists will determine their exact habitat and return.