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The state of the animals from the "whale prison" in Primorye will be assessed by an expert group of the Ministry of Environment
The fate of killer whales and belugas from the whale prison in Sredny Bay will be determined by a scientific expert group established under the Ministry of Nature of Russia. Primorye environmentalists and representatives of the regional administration will help her.
The expert group will include scientists, veterinarians and employees of specialized agencies who have practical experience in working with marine animals. All of them will conduct on-site diagnostics of the health status of killer whales and beluga whales. Animals will take blood for analysis, they will be thoroughly examined, they will observe the condition of mammals for several days.
According to the press service of the Primorye administration, experts will give conclusions on each killer whale within ten days. Similar work with belugas will be held until the end of the month. Also, experts will determine the future habitat of animals. Only after this will begin the preparation for their transportation. According to Governor Oleg Kozhemyako, a fund will be created in the region to support animal feeding. To do this, attract large companies.
Earlier, environmentalists spoke against the movement of killer whales and white whales from the "whale prison" to the not yet created Center for keeping large marine animals. In their opinion, transporting mammals to the Russian island, and then to places of release will create additional stress in mammals. Also, public figures from the Freedom Killer Whale and Beluga Coalition asked the Russian government to hand over to the Russian Academy of Sciences the work on coordinating the release of cetaceans from Srednyaya Bay in Primorye. For VNIRO and TINRO ask keep only consultative statusSince these organizations in the process will seriously prevent a conflict of interest.