Three orcas that were held in the Srednyaya Bay, Primorsky Region, have been delivered to the port of Khabarovsk where they will be reloaded to a vessel heading for the region’s north, representative for the Russian Research Institute of Fishery and Oceanography Alexei Smorodov told TASS on Friday.
“The orcas have been delivered to the port. There were no incidents on the way. The coaches and veterinarians are monitoring the animals’ condition. Ice was added during a stop; the temperature of water is comfortable for the orcas,” the source said.
Earlier the loading of orcas from enclosures to vehicles was detained until late evening due to the heat in the Primorsky Region. The cargo convoy is being followed by activists from the international public organization Greenpeace. The orcas’ transportation is being carried out under a tried-out scheme: the Srednyaya Bay – Khabarovsk – Nikolayevsk-on-Amur – the shore of the Sea of Okhotsk. The trip from the Srednyaya Bay to the Sea of Okhotsk will take five to six days.