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President was shown the release of prisoners of the whale prison

President was shown the release of prisoners of the whale prison
Photo by: kremlin.ru
Vladimir Putin monitored the start of the operation to produce hundreds of belugas and killer whales from the whale prison in the bay of Central Primorye. A report from the scene of the event, which was expected by environmentalists, animal rights activists and the public, was shown during the Direct Line with the President.

The first to be released today were two orcas and six belugas. Mammals will be released in the area of ​​the Shantar Islands, from where they were caught almost a year ago. According to scientists, they have high chances to reunite with families and safely adapt to their natural habitat.

Experts call the operation to produce whales difficult and unique, since no one in the world has ever done anything like this. First, the mammals are loaded into transport baths, they will overcome part of the road along the motorway. Then in the Khabarovsk Territory they will be sent on ships along the Amur to the Sea of ​​Okhotsk. In this long journey, which is about 1800 km, the whales will be accompanied by trainers whom the animals already trust. According to experts, this will help them to relive stress on the road.

In total, a large-scale operation will take about four months. Animals will be released by formed groups, since they are used to being together at their place of detention. This will allow them to adapt faster at will. All mammals have been equipped with special satellite tags to track their further fate. Experts will continue to monitor it after the release of whales into the open sea.

“It’s clear that complications arise. Only killer whales cost around 100 million dollars. There are a lot of interested parties. Therefore, the problem is so difficult to solve. Where there is a lot of money and problems are big,” Putin said and gave the floor to Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Gordeyev.

According to the vice-premier, in order to avoid such situations from now on, the regulatory framework will be changed. The government decided to ban the catch of mammals for cultural and educational purposes, leaving only scientific ones.