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Will all belugas be released in time?

September 17, 2019

This question is bothering the public more and more. There are 75 belugas left in the whale jail, they must be released before the cold weather will arrive in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk. Time is running out, the weather is worsening the situation – it is impossible to get to the release region because of the floods. If this continues, then all the promises to release all animals from whale jail this year will remain just words.

Cousteau’s team offered assistance to Russian scientists, which was refused. “There are enough Russian specialists who will participate in the release of belugas from the whale jail, and there is no need to involve additional people,” RIA Novosti was told in the press service of the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Oceanography (VNIRO).

VNIRO announced plans to change the transportation scheme of belugas from Primorye to the place of release on the coast of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk.
“The flood situation in the Khabarovsk Territory remains tense. For the second week in a row, we have to adjust the schedule for the transportation and release of the remaining beluga whales from Srednyaya Bay. Taking into account the unfavorable situation, VNIRO is preparing changes in the logistics of transporting animals, which will significantly increase the quantities of transported belugas and successfully complete the operation “, – said the director of VNIRO Kirill Kolonchin.

We are seriously concerned about what is happening.

And today the most important questions are:

WHEN and HOW will belugas be transported so that all 75 animals are released before the cold weather arrives?

WHAT changes in logistics are planned by VNIRO and when will the public know about their plans? Why are these changes not coordinated with interested scientific and public organizations?