The criminal case of illegal production of Black Sea dolphin bottlenose dolphins is being investigated in the Krasnodar Territory.
“During inspections with the participation of employees of the regional directorates of Rosprirodnadzor and veterinary medicine in one of the dolphinariums of the Kuban were found three dolphins, where the owner could not provide a full set of documents that give the right to maintain Red Book water mammals,” the press service told Interfax. border management of the Federal Security Service of Russia in Krasnodar Territory on Tuesday.
Discovered after poaching and transportation of bottlenose dolphins were in a dolphinarium in a sorry state and were seized from the owner, said the press officer.
According to him, an entire operation to save the bottlenose dolphins was carried out, in which the veterinarians of the Anapa Dolphinarium and the Sea Star (the Lazarevskoye) dolphinarium took an active part.
At present, nothing threatens animals.
Prior to the procedural decision, the three seized dolphins were transferred to the Sea Star Starfish, where they were provided with proper care and maintenance.
“For more than six months, the operatives of the border guard of the Russian FSB, with the assistance of the prosecutor’s office, were developing a criminal group consisting of enterprising residents of the Kuban involved in the illegal production of Black Sea bottlenose dolphins,” the spokesman said.
In the course of the operational-search activities, a scheme was drawn up, according to which dolphins were extracted and subsequently transported.
“The Black Sea bottlenose dolphins are listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation, but this did not stop the poachers, especially since the Black Sea bottlenose dolphin is very valued on the” black market “in Russia, and the price per individual may exceed 3 million rubles,” the press officer said.
As a result, the attackers were detained, the Krasnodar Territory prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case under Article 256 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (illegal harvesting (catch) of aquatic biological resources).
“Poachers can face up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to 500 thousand rubles. Investigative actions continue. Investigation of the criminal case is taken for special control by the prosecutor’s office of the Krasnodar Territory “, the source added.
Source: Maritime News of Russia