Drone Footage Reveals Over 100 Whales Trapped In Hidden Underwater “Jails”
Over 100 Whales were discovered holed-up inside small enclosures near the Pacific coast of Nakhodka, Russia. Wildlife experts counted a total of 90 beluga whales and 11 orcas, also known as killer whales, that were being housed in underwater prisons. Such treatment of the aquatic animals could be illegal.
According to reports from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, a wildlife organization based in the UK, this is the largest group of aquatic animals that have been known to be held captive this way.
Marine experts believe that animals should generate profits when sold for large sums in water parks in China.
Some ocean parks pay $ 6 million or more for a single whale.
There are more than 60 maritime theme parks in China. Up to 12 others will open soon.
Under international law, whales can only be captured for scientific or educational purposes. The sale of animals to amusement parks is illegal, but the law is systematically ignored. A strange gap in international law allows companies to rent whales. Poachers can trade.
The companies that arrested this large group of whales sold 13 orcas to Chinese theme parks between 2013 and 2016. This information was obtained from surveys conducted in local media, including the investigative journal Novaya Gazeta.
The prosecution is looking for evidence that poachers do not keep whales for educational or research purposes, despite companies claiming to do so.
The Greenpeace organization in Russia describes the conditions of whaling facilities as acts of torture. The companies that captured the whales were allowed to catch 13 whales at the beginning of the year.
Experts believe that because of the size of the “prisons”, there may also be mammal whales in the pens. Without exception, this practice is totally prohibited by international law. Whale catches of this magnitude could increase the risk of extinction of these species.
A sad statistic is that any captured orca is usually killed. At the speed at which killer whales are captured, the entire population of orcas is in danger.
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