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Vladimir Putin asked to open doors of the ‘Whale Jail’ in the Far East of Russia

By The Siberian Times reporter
07 February 2019

Leaders of the Free Willy project beg the president to intervene with trapped orca and beluga whales.

'Trapped', the snow installation urging to free orca and beluga whales in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Currently more than hundred sea mammals are kept in cramped enclosures of the Centre of Marine Mammals Adaption in Srednyaya Bay near Nakhodka. 

The animals were caught to be exported for ocean theme parks in China in mid-autumn 2018. 

The sale was barred by the Russian government which determined that the catch permits were issued illegally. 

Recent inspection by FSB and marine specialists raised concerns over the sea mammals fate, as experts saw multiple signs of illnesses on orcas and beluga whales skin.

They also said that at least three Orca whales were missing and were feared dead. 

Vladimir Putin asked to open doors of the ‘Whale Jail’ in the Far East of Russia  


Vladimir Putin asked to open doors of the ‘Whale Jail’ in the Far East of Russia  


Vladimir Putin asked to open doors of the ‘Whale Jail’ in the Far East of Russia  


Vladimir Putin asked to open doors of the ‘Whale Jail’ in the Far East of Russia  


Vladimir Putin asked to open doors of the ‘Whale Jail’ in the Far East of Russia  

Vladimir Putin pictured with a white whale in 2009, and aerial pictures of the Centre of Marine Mammals Adaption in Srednyaya Bay near Nakhodka


The appeal to rescue the whales and set them free was sent to Vladimir Putin by the prominent ocean explorer, French environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau and three other leaders of the Keiko/Free Willy Project, that successfully returned the orca Keiko to home waters in Iceland. 

‘We are hopeful the Russian government will work to release the orcas and belugas back to the ocean where they belong, but the task of doing so is daunting’, said renowned ocean expert Jean-Michel Cousteau Mr Cousteau, 80, who offered his and his colleagues help and advise in releasing the sea mammals. 

‘We further encourage the Russian government to lead in returning the current captives (11 orcas and 87 beluga whales) to their home waters and family pods.  

‘We are pleased to offer our expertise to this effort in any way that can be useful to the Russian government and scientific community.’

Vladimir Putin asked to open doors of the ‘Whale Jail’ in the Far East of Russia  


Vladimir Putin asked to open doors of the ‘Whale Jail’ in the Far East of Russia  


Vladimir Putin asked to open doors of the ‘Whale Jail’ in the Far East of Russia  


Vladimir Putin asked to open doors of the ‘Whale Jail’ in the Far East of Russia  

Vladimir Putin pictured fixing a transmitter onto a white whale in 2009 to monitor her migration routes, and aerial pictures of the Centre of Marine Mammals Adaption in Srednyaya Bay near Nakhodka


Vladimir Putin is a patron of a White Whale programme.  

In 2009 he was pictured on the Chkalov island in the sea of Okhotsk, fixing a transmitter to a white whale called Dasha to monitor her migration routes. 

Let them go! Call to end the torture of killer and beluga whales

Comments (5)

That is not how animals should be treated release them back into the wild
Louise, Ireland
19/02/2019 02:13
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UPDATE - February 2019

Please go to this URL to see letter just now written/sent to Pres. Putin by experts offering to help the whales PARTICULARLY since address in America of the Russian Embassy is included, where letters YOU can write to laud the urging efforts can be sent (they'll forward from their to presidential offices in Russia).

Perhaps you'd like to do a brief follow-up piece re these efforts 'Siberian Times'?
Adora, San Francisco, USA
09/02/2019 13:21
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I wish you'd published - assuming one or more exist (cursory search on Internet didn't reveal one) - url's for "petitions for release of the animals" for caring readers to find/sign, and/or addresses where written petitions could be sent.
I'm horrified. Shall continue to look for petition, perhaps create one myself if need be (tho as an old woman - a very busy one - I believe it's the young people who should be spearheading matters such as this, as I did regularly! in my earlier decades! When one is in their seventh decade it's time to relax some. SOME younger person should have spearheaded a petition to urge Putin to take action ASAP.).
Adora, San Francisco, USA
09/02/2019 12:12
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This is appalling treatment of animals. Please free them! What if these were human children stolen from their families and kept in similar conditions? It's abuse and it's criminal.
Colony Weyrauch, United States
08/02/2019 01:17
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Such a great news ! Thank you so much Russia
Sibylline oceans, Mimizan-plage/France
07/02/2019 20:56
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