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Orcas released from whale prison migrate south
Killer whales, which were released from the coastal “whale prison”, began to migrate from the Shantar region of the Sea of Okhotsk to the southern latitudes. Previously, scientists did not know exactly where the animals go for the winter.
According to the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, many killer whales tore off satellite tags installed at the time of release, but some beacons are still preserved. According to them, one killer whale has already passed 1 km from the summer hunting area near the Shantar Islands and is now located south of Hokkaido. The other moves in a southeast direction and approached the coast of Paramushir island.
Beluga whales from the “whale prison” released in the Sakhalin Gulf migrate to the Shantar Islands to their traditional places in winter. Beluga whales released in the Sea of Japan near the Lazovsky Nature Reserve dispersed along the coast of Primorye. Belukh was also noticed in the port of Nakhodka and even in the area of the Russian island. Scientists say that animals move in groups and prey on their own, do not go to people and do not beg for contact.
Around 100 beluga whales and killer whales caught in the Sea of Okhotsk in 2018 for sale in China. After the intervention of public men, and then law enforcement officers, violations were identified, and at the end of June 2019 animals started to release in batches. Last beluga whales released in November.