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Whale Protection Fund demands to rescue beluga whales in Chukotka
The Whale Protection Fund demands the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Rosmorport, Rosrybolovstvo and the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation to rescue beluga whales trapped in ice captivity in Chukotka. About 20 individuals were stuck in the openings.
As the press service of the Fund reports with reference to its co-chairman Vasily Borisov, fish stocks in the bay are rapidly running out. Some individuals may die there in the near future - four belugas are very emaciated. A healthy beluga whale cannot stay under water for more than 20-25 minutes. In such conditions, some of the individuals were severely emaciated.
Borisov believes that the ice in this bay will stand at least until the beginning of May. However, it is not known if the animals will be able to survive in the ice trap for such a long time. The Whale Protection Fund appealed to the Emergencies Ministry, Rosrybolovstvo and Rosmorport with a request to help take the beluga whales out into the open water. There is no official answer yet.
This week it was reported that beluga whales were in Chukotka in an ice trap on the territory of the Beringia National Park. In Penkigngei Bay, about 20 animals were trapped by ice in three holes. The nearest open water is at least 40 km away.