After being discovered in 2018 by a couple of conservationists flying a drone off of Russia’s Far East coast, these whale enclosures went viral. Activists, celebrities and animal-lovers everywhere were outraged.
The whale enclosures, which were coined Russia’s notorious “whale jail”, have since been deemed illegal. Each and every whale has been released back into the wild. And the company in charge of these ridiculous whale enclosures suffered a 28.1 million ruble fine—the equivalent to $432,000 in the U.S. But are these whales any safer than they were before, or is this terror bound to happen again?