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Changing winds get dolphins free from ice captivity in Azov Sea

March 28, 2012, 12:31 UTC+3

The wind changed its direction and blew the ice from the coast

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DONETSK, March 28 (Itar-Tass) —— A major school of 60 to 100 dolphins were released from ice captivity on Wednesday morning and went away in the high seas.

Local residents found the school of dolphins, who were stricken in the ice in the Azov Sea near the villages Novootradnoye, Zolotoye and Presnovodnoye on Tuesday. Ice floes brought to the seashore hampered the dolphins to get out from the ice hole 200 metres long and 60 metres wide.

People were getting ready to help dolphins since Wednesday morning. Two groups of rescuers from Yevpatoria and Sevastopol rushed to the accident site, state inspector for environmental protection of the republican committee for protection of natural resources Nikolai Zobkov said.

The wind changed its direction and blew the ice from the coast. So, the dolphins got a free-water channel, through which the smart animals left the Azov Sea for their habitat in the Black Sea.

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