Russian scientists together with a team led by French ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau will develop individual plans for the release of orcas and belugas held in "whale jail" in Russia's Far East, the region's governor said. "An official decision has been taken to return all the animals into the wild," Oleg Kozhemyako, the governor of Primorsky Region told media on Monday. Kozhemyako also promised to set up a special rehabilitation facility where the conditions would be as close as possible to their natural environment. Individual plans for adaptation and release will be finished by the beginning of May, the scientists confirmed. Earlier Jean-Michel Cousteau, who is the son of ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, was invited by the Russian authorities to join the efforts to return captive orcas and belugas to the natural environment.
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