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The pinnipeds rehab center released the 1st sea-dog into the Gulf of Finland


Today, an S-1 was released into the Gulf of Finland, near the border with Estonia. But its not a secret weapon, but a name of a sea-dog.


A 10-day-old cub was found in March at Kronshtadt, next to a navigation pass facility S-1. The sea-dog received a corresponding name. For two months it had been taken care of by specialists of the pinnipeds rehabilitation center, which operates on the territory of the cleaning facilities of the “Vodokanal”

So now – when S-1 turned into almost and adult female from a little cub – it is finally free. However, after well-fed days at the center, she wasn’t too keen on those important steps at first.

Prior to being released, the sea-dog was prepared both morally and physically. It was very well fed with fish. And gradually taught it that humans are turning from best friends to biggest threats.

Vyacheslav Alexeev, director of sea mammals rehab center of the Leningrad region: “It tried to bite and sneered at us”

Dmitriy Runkov, reporter: “Were you disappointed with that?”

Vyacheslav Alexeev, director of sea mammals rehab center of the Leningrad region: “No, actually very happy. It means great work has been done. We would have been upset if it was asking for a hug”

But even earlier – in the morning – S-1’s housemates had to say goodbye. It was also performing a teacher’s role at the rehab center – taught other sea-dogs to catch fish.

The center has 28 pinnipeds now. Such a great number of animals in trouble was caused by a difficult winter, which practically had no ice. The pinnipeds are recovering well and will soon join the sea-dog which was released today. It is now the best time for seals and sea-dogs to get used to independent lifestyle. It’s getting warmer and there’s more and more fish in the Gulf of Finland