MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian authorities have decided to free nearly 100 whales held in cages in Russia’s Far East, the governor of Russia’s Primorsky Region said on Monday, the TASS news agency reported.
Images of the whales, kept in cramped enclosures in a bay near the Sea of Japan port town of Nakhodka, first appeared last year, triggering a wave of criticism.
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The animals were originally caught by a company which planned to sell them to China. But once their fate became known the Kremlin intervened and ordered local authorities to act to find a way of freeing the animals.
The decision to release the whales, after months of delays, coincided with a visit to the enclosures by Jean-Michel Cousteau, a French oceanographer and son of famous marine expert Jacques Cousteau.
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