Russia Releases Last of Captured Whales Into the Wild – The Moscow Times

The Moscow Times | Nov 10, 2019 at 10:53 AM
  • Russian authorities said on Sunday they had completed the release of dozens of captured beluga whales whose plight sparked an appeal by Hollywood celebrities and the intervention of President Vladimir Putin.
  • The plight of the orcas, which were being held with 87 beluga whales, triggered an international outcry and celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio supported a petition that drew nearly 1.5 million signatures calling for their return to the ocean.
  • The Kremlin had ordered local authorities in the Russian Far East to intervene and officials started releasing them in batches in late June.