Two orcas taken in illegal capture in Russia

Two killer whales were captured in recent weeks in Nikolaya Gulf, in the southwestern Sea of Okhotsk, the Russian Far East. The captors are reporting that the orcas were actually taken in 2013 and spent the winter in Nikolaya Gulf. This is impossible because the Gulf is completely frozen in winter. Word is that the orcas are being transported toward Komsomolsk-on-Amur, 356 km NE of Khabarovsk. Final destination is unknown.

“These captures appear to be illegal,” says Erich Hoyt, WDC research fellow and co-director of the Far East Russia Orca Project which has been studying orcas in the Kamchatka area for 15 years. “No quotas have yet been issued for orca captures in 2014, following disagreements between the Russian fisheries board and the scientific advisory board in Russia who recommended zero captures. Without a quota which is necessary to get a permit, the captures would be illegal.”

Seven killer whales have been taken in the Sea of Okhotsk since late 2012. This new capture brings the overall total since 2002 to 15 orcas, according to a paper presented to the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee in Slovenia in May.

“These are mostly Bigg’s or transient-type orcas who have been captured,” says Hoyt. “We don’t have any abundance estimates of orcas living in the Sea of Okhotsk, so these captures are being conducted in the dark and against the advice of killer whale scientists inside and outside of Russia.”

The killer whale scientists at the IWC committee meeting noted in their paper that “the live-capture of killer whales raises concerns because it targets the same local stock of transient killer whales in the western Okhotsk Sea. Russian officials deny the existence of killer whale ecotypes in the Russian Far East, and consequently do not manage fish-eating and mammal-eating killer whales as different management units. No reliable abundance estimates of either killer whale ecotype in the Okhotsk Sea are available.”

[Reference: Filatova, O.A., Shpak, O.V., Ivkovich, T.V., Borisova, E.A., Burdin, A.M., Hoyt, E. 2014. Killer whale status and live-captures in the waters of the Russian Far East. IWC Scientific Committee, Slovenia, 5pp (SC/65b/SM07)]


Narnia - captured orca in Russia
Narnia - captured orca in Russia

Comments

Have you lost your mind want america to back your country but you show us in every way you have no conscious and that my friend means you cant be trusted......

Stop it now, Russia, you are no exception. Stop it. You are bullies. Stop.

Stop capturing whales and dolphins! Leave them in the ocean where they are meant to be please!

How could you? Leave them alone, go capture humans and let them preform. Orcas and dolphins are meant to be in the wild, free not stuck. Captivity kills. Empty all tanks

I heard an advertisement that this is a 'Human World' like no other species exist. We a part of an amazing 'Web of Life'. Each specie interacts on this Earth for the survival of all of us. Cetaceans have more cognitive cells than we have. They use the stars to navigate. They have language, and family relationships. We have a lot to learn before we should be considering ourselves civilized. In our arrogance we coined words like humane and humanitarian; perhaps we should grow into those words.

We need to take this serious as if a human beings were being stolen and sold. Harsh punishments should be implemented and the perpetrates be made an example of. These spectacular creatures cannot defend themselves and are being abused and enslaved. What a joke, I know my patience is gone, I know what I would like to do to these Bastard!!!!!!!!

This is so sad. Just as Seaworld (Seaprison) is starting to show a decrease in numbers/visitors as more people become aware and educate themselves on how cruel this is - I see this stuff. It breaks my heart and makes me very sad for the rest of humanity.

How would you feel living in a Tank all your lifee?
Stop Captivity Now.