It was December, 2018 when social media shared a story about more than 100 cetaceans that were trapped in secret underwater jails off Russia’s Pacific coast, near the city of Nakhodka.
The whales were caught on drone footage, and no matter how much people wanted to believe that the story was not real, sadly it is. Why did they keep them in “jail”?
The whales were kept in those jails probably because Russians wanted to sell them to the neighboring China, where they would entertain people in marine parks.
All in all, there are 11 orcas and 90 beluga whales that are found captured in those cages. The business was worth around $6 million, or maybe even more.
However, the act is in violation of the international ban on commercial whale hunting, so this illegal operation has been under proper investigation from the authorities. The investigation
The authorities have been looking into the case, trying to discover whether the whales are captured for scientific and educational reasons, as the people responsible for it claim to be.