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Russia: Three more orcas freed from ‘whale jail’ *STILLS*

21 16.07.2019 Инфо

W/S Whales being tranported, Perovsky Cape, Russia *STILLS*
C/U Orca *STILLS*
W/S Released orcas in sea *STILLS*
W/S Scientists releasing orcas *STILLS*
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Three killer whales previously held in the so-called ‘whale jail’ were released in the vicinity of Perovsky Cape in the Sea of Okhotsk on Tuesday.
According to a statement from the Russian Research Institute of Fishery and Oceanography, the marine mammals went through necessary rehabilitation and re-adaptation measures prior their release.
The institute said that satellite tags were attached to the whales in order to track their activity and behaviour following the release.
The operation to relocate the whales was announced on June 20 during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual ‘Direct Line’ show. The first two orcas and six beluga whales were freed on June 28.
The whole relocation process of the 11 orcas and 87 beluga whales will reportedly take approximately four months.
The whales are believed to have been captured in the Sea of Okhotsk in 2018 and taken to cages in the Srednyaya Bay near the city of Nakhodka.