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Plan for the release of killer whales and beluga whales from the "whale prison" in Primorye will be prepared for May

Russian scientists and the team of researchers Jean-Michel Cousteau made a joint statement that killer whales and beluga whales from the “whale prison” in the coastal bay of Srednyaya will be released into their natural habitat. Experts will prepare individual release plans for each animal by the beginning of May.

"Our goal is to release everyone, Scientists - Russian and international, from the Cousteau team - will continue to assess the condition of animals in order to determine when and how to release them," the scientists said in a joint statement.

The founder of the Future of the Ocean Society, Jean-Meshel Cousteau, the executive director of the Whale Reserve project, Charles Vinik, and the Primorye Governor Oleg Kozhemyako signed a cooperation agreement. In addition, Charles Vinik said he intends to create an international fund to finance the rehabilitation of marine mammals, which will appear on the site of the "whale prison" in Srednyaya Bay.

Earlier, social activists and environmentalists were against the creation of a rehabilitation center in the seaside bay Middle. In their opinion, interested persons can use it as a convenient cover: most animals in such centers are considered unsuitable for release and transferred to dolphinariums.

Now there are ten killer whales and 87 beluga whales in Srednyaya Bay. Experts rated their release in 200-300 million rubles - two or three million rubles for each individual.