Russia Plans to Free Almost 100 Captured Whales

The whales' condition has drawn international concern, and President Vladimir Putin has ordered authorities to investigate the case and release the animals.

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials have invited a French ocean explorer to offer advice on how to safely release nearly 100 illegally captured whales, voicing hope that the animals could be let into the wild during summer. Jean-Michel Cousteau of the Ocean Futures Society arrived Friday in Russia’s Far East on a mission to inspect the mammals and help create conditions for them to be released. Cousteau, son of famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, has voiced…

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