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The company that captured marine mammals, which are now kept in Srednyaya Bay in Primorye , said that contracts with the Chinese side for their supply have not yet been terminated. According to him, the cost of the killer whale today is "about 3-3.5 million dollars", beluga whales – "about 150 thousand dollars," RIA Novosti reports.
On Friday, March 22, Oleg Kozhemyako , a consilium of scientists and companies that keep killer whales and beluga whales in Srednyaya Bay in Primorye , signed a cooperation agreement to implement the instructions of Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Gordeyev . ￼Earlier, Gordeev held a meeting on the fate of marine mammals. Following the results, it was entrusted to develop an action plan for the release of animals, including their microchipping.￼“First you need to understand the legality-illegality. Let until the end of the first run out of criminal cases, administrative cases. Today there is a plan, there are contracts signed with the Chinese, there are contracts signed with the Russian dolphinariums. Therefore, everyone is waiting and looking at how the situation will be resolved, ” Alexander Bronnikov, general director of the Far East Aquarium Trapping Company, told reporters . ￼He noted that now divers, veterinarians of the company help scientists to work with these animals, provide watercrafts. “We assist in everything,” Bronnikov added . ￼________________________________________ ￼Recall 10 killer whales and 87 belugas (mostly calves) illegally caught in the summer and autumn of 2018 for sale in China, remain locked in tight enclosures in the bay of Srednyaya. More than 301,000 Russians signed a petition demanding the release of animals, the General Prosecutor's Office, the Federal Service for Ecology , the Federal Security Service , the Minister of Natural Resources Dmitry Kobylkin and the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Ecology Vladimir Burmatov speak in defense of killer whales and beluga . The Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk City Court, at the request of environmentalists, declared illegal the permission to catch killer whales. ￼A group of Russian and foreign celebrities sent a letter to Vladimir Putinwith a call to rehabilitate and release the cetaceans trapped in the center of relocation under Nakhodka. The letter was signed by more than 30 famous people. Among them, for example, the widowed queen of Jordan, Nour al-Hussein, Jean-Michel Cousteau , Dr. Jane Goodall , Sir Richard Branson , businessmen Tom Gruber and David Shaw . Also, the text is signed by such actors as Pamela Anderson , Mark Ruffalo and Holly Mary Combs, Macy Williams , musician Jackson Brown , directors of the films Black Fin (Gabriela Cowperweit) and The Cove ( Louis Psychoios ).￼ Source – RIA News