VNIRO specialists releasing a beluga whale in the Sea of Okhotsk on Cape Perovsky in the Khabarovsk region, Russia, in June 2017. Photo: VNIRO via EPA-EFE

Whales freed from Russian ‘jail’ given massages, special balm and police escort

  • Two killer whales and six beluga whales back in wild after being held in cramped enclosures by firms planning to deliver them to aquariums
  • Release operation criticised by scientists and activists over secrecy, lack of observers, and choice to free only small group instead of all the animals at once
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VNIRO specialists releasing a beluga whale in the Sea of Okhotsk on Cape Perovsky in the Khabarovsk region, Russia, in June 2017. Photo: VNIRO via EPA-EFE
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