Select Page
French ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau has accepted an invitation from the Russian authorities to visit the "whale jail" and help return captive orcas and belugas to the wild. Jean-Michel Cousteau, who is the son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, stressed that "the best solution for the orcas and belugas is their release into the wild, not a life in captivity in an aquarium." "I hope to visit Srednyaya Bay... to examine the condition of orcas and belugas and to help the Russian authorities to rehabilitate and release them," he wrote in a letter to the governor of Primorsky Region in the Russian Far East, where the animals are currently held. Cousteau also called for prompt action amid media reports that their health has deteriorated recently.