Killer whales & # 39; s and beluga & # 39; s freed from the Russian & # 39; whalejun & # 39; in the sea, despite & # 39; almost no chance of survival & # 39;

This is the moment when the first prisoners of Russia's notorious & # 39; whale hunting & # 39; were released into the wild.

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But the operation to free the killer whales & beluga & # 39; s has been indicted by environmentalists for troubling mammals and violating international standards.

One group warned ominously: & # 39; The way they were released leaves them with few chances of survival. & # 39;

This is the moment when the first prisoners of Russia's notorious & # 39; whale hunting & # 39; were released into the wild

This is the moment when the first prisoners of Russia's notorious & # 39; whale hunting & # 39; were released into the wild

The operation to free the killer whales & beluga & # 39; s was denounced by environmentalists for hurting mammals and violating international standards

The operation to free the killer whales & beluga & # 39; s was denounced by environmentalists for hurting mammals and violating international standards

The operation to free the killer whales & beluga & # 39; s was denounced by environmentalists for hurting mammals and violating international standards

One group warned ominously: & # 39; The way they were released leaves them with few chances of survival & # 39;
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One group warned ominously: & # 39; The way they were released leaves them with few chances of survival & # 39;

One group warned ominously: & # 39; The way they were released leaves them with few chances of survival & # 39;

They were dumped & # 39; & # 39; in the water, it was claimed, amid burning claims that not all mammals have survived a road trip in special tanks on trucks to the discharge site.

The release operation in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk was announced last week during Vladimir Putin's live Q & A broadcast with Russian people, which raised fears that their release as a publicity stunt had been rushed.

The freed mammals were the first of 97 surviving whales caught in tight sea races in the Far East of Russia, prior to sale to aquariums and water parks in China and elsewhere.

They were dumped & # 39; & # 39; in the water, it was claimed, amid burning claims that not all mammals survived a road trip in special tanks on trucks (photo) to the delivery site

They were dumped & # 39; & # 39; in the water, it was claimed, amid burning claims that not all mammals survived a road trip in special tanks on trucks (photo) to the delivery site

They were dumped & # 39; & # 39; in the water, it was claimed, amid burning claims that not all mammals survived a road trip in special tanks on trucks (photo) to the delivery site

The release operation in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk was announced last week during Vladimir Putin's live Q&A broadcast with Russian people, which created fears that their release as a publicity stunt had been rushed. Vertical: the whale prison in the Far East of Russia
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The release operation in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk was announced last week during Vladimir Putin's live Q&A broadcast with Russian people, which created fears that their release as a publicity stunt had been rushed. Vertical: the whale prison in the Far East of Russia

The release operation in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk was announced last week during Vladimir Putin's live Q&A broadcast with Russian people, which created fears that their release as a publicity stunt had been rushed. Vertical: the whale prison in the Far East of Russia

The freed mammals (photo) were the first of 97 surviving whales caught in tight sea races in the Far East of Russia, prior to selling to aquariums and water parks in China and elsewhere

The freed mammals (photo) were the first of 97 surviving whales caught in tight sea races in the Far East of Russia, prior to selling to aquariums and water parks in China and elsewhere

The freed mammals (photo) were the first of 97 surviving whales caught in tight sea races in the Far East of Russia, prior to selling to aquariums and water parks in China and elsewhere

An international outrage led to their sales being blocked, and Putin personally demanded their release from the Srednyaya bay of the whale & # 39; gulag & # 39; where originally more than 100 & # 39; prisoners & # 39; goods.

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But now the complicated operation to free the first ten mammals – including two killer whales & orcas & # 39; s – has profoundly shocked environmentalists with claims that the creatures & # 39; were thrown into the water & # 39; in a way that amounted to & # 39; torture & # 39 ;.

A number of whales are seen on a drone video that splashes and swims in the ocean just after their release.

An international outrage led to their sales being blocked, and Putin personally demanded their release from the Srednyaya bay of the whale & # 39; gulag & # 39; where originally more than 100 & # 39; prisoners & # 39; were (pictured)

An international outrage led to their sales being blocked, and Putin personally demanded their release from the Srednyaya bay of the whale & # 39; gulag & # 39; where originally more than 100 & # 39; prisoners & # 39; were (pictured)

An international outrage led to their sales being blocked, and Putin personally demanded their release from the Srednyaya bay of the whale & # 39; gulag & # 39; where originally more than 100 & # 39; prisoners & # 39; were (pictured)

The Russian Research Institute for Fisheries and Oceanology (known as VNIRO) - which assumed responsibility for the operation - said that the whales (depicted in the & # 39; whale prison & # 39;) were closely watched, since they were about 1225 miles before the release were transported by road

The Russian Research Institute for Fisheries and Oceanology (known as VNIRO) - which assumed responsibility for the operation - said that the whales (depicted in the & # 39; whale prison & # 39;) were closely watched, since they were about 1225 miles before the release were transported by road

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The Russian Research Institute for Fisheries and Oceanology (known as VNIRO) – which assumed responsibility for the operation – said that the whales (depicted in the & # 39; whale prison & # 39;) were closely watched, since they were about 1225 miles before the release were transported by road

& # 39; Veterinarians performed all the necessary tests before they were released and the results showed that the animals are in good health & # 39 ;, the institute said.

& # 39; Veterinarians performed all the necessary tests before they were released and the results showed that the animals are in good health & # 39 ;, the institute said.

& # 39; Veterinarians performed all the necessary tests before they were released and the results showed that the animals are in good health & # 39 ;, the institute said.

The damning assessment said that the Russian operation did not prepare temporary sea cabins for the rehabilitation of the animals at the place of release.

The damning assessment said that the Russian operation did not prepare temporary sea cabins for the rehabilitation of the animals at the place of release.

The damning assessment said that the Russian operation did not prepare temporary sea cabins for the rehabilitation of the animals at the place of release.

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The Russian Research Institute for Fisheries and Oceanology (known as VNIRO) – which assumed responsibility for the operation – said the whales had been closely watched because they were being transported about 1225 kilometers by road before being released.

& # 39; Veterinarians performed all the necessary tests before they were released and the results showed that the animals are in good health & # 39 ;, the institute said.

The two killer whales & # 39; s in the freed group were & # 39; nervous & # 39; about their return to the wilderness and swam for hours near the shoreline before they finally entered the open sea, he said.

The release & # 39; contradicts all approved recommendations from leading Russian and international scientists & # 39 ;, the activists claim

The release & # 39; contradicts all approved recommendations from leading Russian and international scientists & # 39 ;, the activists claim

The release & # 39; contradicts all approved recommendations from leading Russian and international scientists & # 39 ;, the activists claim

But a coalition of environmental groups called Free Russian Whales has the VNIRO & # 39; s claim that the operation & # 39; successful & # 39; was nipped in the bud.

& # 39; The coalition absolutely disagrees and finds this issue extremely unprofessional, disturbing to the animals and (and) violating all global standards and practices, & # 39; said the group.

The release & # 39; contradicts all approved recommendations from leading Russian and international scientists & # 39 ;.

The animals were released before going through & # 39; rehabilitation & # 39; it was claimed that it was necessary to give them a realistic chance of survival in the wild.

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The two killer whales & # 39; s in the freed group were & # 39; nervous & # 39; about their return to the wild and swam for hours near the shoreline before finally going into the open sea, he said

& # 39; The absolutely unprepared killer whales & beluga whales were transported in small containers for nearly seven days on awful, dilapidated roads, almost static & # 39 ;, they complained.

This was & # 39; too long for every whale & # 39 ;.

The mammals had to spend two more days in the containers because the release site was not prepared.

& # 39; And it turned out that their immediate release into the sea was carried out without giving the orcas and beluga whales the chance to recover, to receive food after long hunger or their motor functions and social ties to restore & # 39 ;.

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According to the destructive assessment, the Russian operation "did not prepare temporary sea cabins for the rehabilitation of animals at the place of release".

Those who led the release did nothing to look for groups of wild orcas and belugas in nearby waters to increase the chances of the former prisoners of the & # 39; to meet them & # 39;

But a coalition of environmental groups called Free Russian Whales has the VNIRO & # 39; s claim that the operation (photo) & # 39; successful & # 39; stood in the way

But a coalition of environmental groups called Free Russian Whales has the VNIRO & # 39; s claim that the operation (photo) & # 39; successful & # 39; stood in the way

But a coalition of environmental groups called Free Russian Whales has the VNIRO & # 39; s claim that the operation (photo) & # 39; successful & # 39; stood in the way

The mammals had to spend two more days in the containers because the release site was not prepared (pictured during release)

The mammals had to spend two more days in the containers because the release site was not prepared (pictured during release)

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The mammals had to spend two more days in the containers because the release site was not prepared (pictured during release)

The Russians also did & # 39; the opposite & # 39; of an expert requirement that the ten killer whales & # 39; s listed in the & # 39; whale prison & # 39; were all imprisoned together.

& # 39; Scientists think that all ten orcas should be released at the same time and that the beluga whales should be released in small groups of a few dozen animals. & # 39;

There are also disturbing claims that some whales have died en route.

The Russians also did & # 39; the opposite & # 39; of an expert requirement that the ten killer whales & # 39; s listed in the & # 39; whale prison & # 39; were all imprisoned together

The Russians also did & # 39; the opposite & # 39; of an expert requirement that the ten killer whales & # 39; s listed in the & # 39; whale prison & # 39; were all imprisoned together

The Russians also did & # 39; the opposite & # 39; of an expert requirement that the ten killer whales & # 39; s listed in the & # 39; whale prison & # 39; were all imprisoned together

& # 39; The coalition doubts whether all animals have reached the release site alive & # 39 ;, said the group's statement.

& # 39; VNIRO has posted photos of orcas from time to time, but has not produced photo-proof of the release of beluga & # 39; s (to show them all six) & # 39 ;.

The Russian Orcas Facebook group reported: & # 39; We hope for the best for them, but the way they were released leaves them with little chance of survival. & # 39;

Whale expert Dr. Olga Shpak claimed that channels were wrongly attached to every killer whale and beluga and that it is unlikely that they will work for a long time.

They had to indicate the location of the whale, so that experts could follow their progress – or otherwise – in the wild.

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The channels are probably bitten by other whales or are blocked by seaweed.

The criticism was accompanied by the French oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau who has repeatedly offered to help the Russians.

The criticism was accompanied by the French oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau (photo) who has repeatedly offered to help the Russians

The criticism was accompanied by the French oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau (photo) who has repeatedly offered to help the Russians

The criticism was accompanied by the French oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau (photo) who has repeatedly offered to help the Russians

& # 39; Serious questions are asked about the care of the orca & # 39; s and beluga whales that come from the & # 39; whaling & # 39; being returned to the ocean in Russia, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; A release of this scale – 10 killer whales & # 39; s and 87 beluga & # 39; s – has never been done before.

& # 39; This operation is so complicated and so important that Russia needs the best specialists from around the world to help where needed, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; What is apparently missing is the type of detailed emergency planning that determines a successful release & # 39 ;, said Charles Vinick, executive director of the Whale Sanctuary Project.

& # 39; The logistics in such a & # 39; n large-scale operation are very complex and you have to wonder if there is enough time to guarantee the health and welfare of the animals. & # 39;

He said: & # 39; A rehabilitation and release project of this magnitude and complexity requires experienced, international and Russian specialists, along with independent observers, so that there is full transparency and the type of questions that can be asked can be answered. & # 39;

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