July 28, 2019
Youngest orca Alexandra was spotted near the release location at cape Perovsky after several days after release on July 16th.
She was released with 2 other orcas, but something went wrong and she separated from the rest… Now she is all alone and approaching people who give her fish.
Yesterday news report featured deputy. director of science of VNIRO, who showed the maps with data from the GPS tags, which showed that Alexander has already moved to the shores of Sakhalin.
Given her age, there are serious concerns for her life. While there is no reliable evidence that Alexandra can independently forage her own food – it is possible that she could die of starvation.
Any attempt at re-adaptation and release should be accompanied by visual monitoring of the animal for at least several weeks, until confirmation is received that the animal can hunt and provide food for itself at the very least and prove that the animal has returned to normal life and joined wild relatives, at most.
Friends, please write and call VNIRO and ask them to implement visual monitoring of the killer whale Alexandra!
Let’s help Alexandra together!