Russian Orcas in Captivity
During the summer of 2018 while filming The Secret Whales in north east Russia, we met a group of activists campaigning against the capture of orcas and belugas for the Chinese marine park trade. At that time, the capture of these animals had received scant international attention, and these Russian activists volunteering for Friends of the Ocean were working in almost complete isolation and at personal risk. We were fortunate to spend an hour or so with them and capture a short interview with one of the team who described some of their harrowing experiences.
Since that time, the brutal capture of these animals has generated
significant public outcry, and the Russian government has committed to releasing the animals. To date however, this has not happened.