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Orcas Won't Be On Display At The Sochi Olympics After All Published: February 6, 2014

Contrary to previous reports, two orcas captured in the Sea of Okhotsk off the coast of Russia will no longer be on display in Sochi during the Olympics, but will stay in Moscow, according to

According to Hoyt, who is a research fellow with WDC and the author of Orca: The Whale Called Killer, the WDC learned of the whales’ transport to Sochi after the group “intercepted” two tweets from a spokeswoman at Vnukovo International Airport (southwest of Moscow) at the end of November. One said that the animals were set to arrive at the airport, while a second about six hours later said that their shipment was postponed. A week later, Hoyt said, “two orcas (maybe the same ones intended for Sochi, maybe not) were shipped to Moscow to an aquarium still in the process of being built.” Now it seems the animals will remain there indefinitely, according to shipping records from the beginning of December.

Hoyt originally posted that the whales were no longer going to Sochi, with confirmation from the president of the Sochi Olympic Committee, on his Facebook page on Feb. 5. International Olympic Committee Director of Communications Mark Adams told BuzzFeed back in December that neither the IOC nor the Sochi Organizing Committee had any knowledge of orcas arriving in Sochi or being used during the opening ceremonies on Feb. 7.

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