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The governor of the Khabarovsk Territory spoke about a whale almost freed from nets

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Rescuers practically cut off all the gear in which the bowhead whale got entangled, Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Mikhail Degtyarev said on his Telegram channel on Monday, August 1.

“I am sharing news from the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, where an operation is underway to free the bowhead whale. Rescuers practically cut off all the gear in which the mammal was entangled. The whale is in free swimming. However, you still need to remove the rope from the upper jaw. This requires special tools, they are now being made urgently, ”he wrote.

Degtyarev added that the complete release of the whale will take another 2-3 days, according to experts.

The day before, July 31, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Oceanology, Candidate of Biological Sciences Alexander Agafonov told Izvestia that the recovery process for pachyderm whales is fast, and the consequences for a whale that is entangled in fishing nets will be minimal.

At the end of July, tourists discovered the Red Book bowhead whale in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk near Reinecke Island. They reported the whale caught in the net to the Coast Guard. There are only about 300 individuals in the world of bowhead whales.

According to Grigory Tsidulko, a zoologist, specialist in marine mammals, head of the project for the study of the Okhotsk bowhead whales, the stress of the animal and its large weight became the difficulties faced by the participants in the rescue operation.

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