The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) from 1995 to 2012, sent about 250 thousand dollars for the study and protection of beluga whales in Solovki, told RIA Novosti the project manager for the study of beluga whales in the Solovki IFAW Ludmila Danilova.
"Since the beginning of the project has been allocated about $ 250 thousand. IFAW in 2012 earmarked for research beluga whales about 700 thousand rubles. Money went to purchase video cameras that will be installed on unmanned aerial vehicles. Aerial surveillance will help scientists identify behaviors belugas and take pictures for identification of animals, "- said Daniel.
She also noted that scientists take samples of the skin of animals, the analysis of which will determine the genetic identity of beluga whales and identify the pollutant content in the tissue.
IFAW scientists from 1995 are ongoing observations of mammals in the region, to study the characteristics of their behavior, and most importantly, try to find out that for centuries, according to the archives, it makes beluga whales come to this place.
Beluga since 1994 are in the International Red Book. Mammal common in all the seas of the Arctic and adjacent basins — the Bering and Okhotsk Seas. In very severe winters down south to the coast of Japan, the UK, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, comes to the Baltic. In the waters of Russia, there are three subspecies of white whales — the White Sea, the Kara Sea and the Far East.