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Russia: Third group of ‘whale jail’ marine mammals released into wild01:00

Russia: Third group of ‘whale jail’ marine mammals released into wild

Russian Federation, Perovsky Cape
August 7, 2019 at 11:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Third group of whales previously held in the so-called 'whale jail' was set free into the sea near Perovsky Cape in the Sea of Okhotsk on Tuesday.

Footage shows the three killer whales, or orcas, being released from their transport stand, some 700 meters (0.4 miles) away from the coast.

Russia's Federal Agency for Fishery said it plans to release all killer whales held in the cages in Srednyaya Bay by September 1, 2019.

The whole relocation process of the 11 orcas and 87 beluga whales will reportedly take approximately four months.

The first batch of two killer whales and six beluga whales was released into the Sea of Okhotsk on June 27. The second group of three killer whales was released on July 16.

The whales are believed to have been captured in the Sea of Okhotsk in 2018 and taken to enclosures in the Srednyaya Bay near the city of Nakhodka.

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Third group of whales previously held in the so-called 'whale jail' was set free into the sea near Perovsky Cape in the Sea of Okhotsk on Tuesday.

Footage shows the three killer whales, or orcas, being released from their transport stand, some 700 meters (0.4 miles) away from the coast.

Russia's Federal Agency for Fishery said it plans to release all killer whales held in the cages in Srednyaya Bay by September 1, 2019.

The whole relocation process of the 11 orcas and 87 beluga whales will reportedly take approximately four months.

The first batch of two killer whales and six beluga whales was released into the Sea of Okhotsk on June 27. The second group of three killer whales was released on July 16.

The whales are believed to have been captured in the Sea of Okhotsk in 2018 and taken to enclosures in the Srednyaya Bay near the city of Nakhodka.