Mandatory courtesy to Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO)

Russian oceanography experts released 19 beluga whales into the ocean in the Sea of Japan on Friday.

The whales are part of the group of marine mammals previously kept in the so-called ‘whale jail’ in Srednaya Bay.

The remaining 31 belugas are supposed to be released on Saturday according to the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO).

The first batch of marine mammals from the whale prison was released into the Sea of Okhotsk in June.

The whales are believed to have been captured in the Sea of Okhotsk in 2018 and taken to cages in the Srednyaya Bay near the city of Nakhodka.

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