Two Beluga Whales Transported From Chinese Aquarium To New Open-Water Ocean Refuge

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They’ll first go to a refuge in Klettsvik Bay off the south coast of Iceland, before they’re released into the massive sanctuary.

Sea Life Trust head Andy Bool said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to share the news that Little Grey and Little White are safely in their sea sanctuary care pools and are just one step away from being released into their open water home.

“Following extensive planning and rehearsals, the first stage of their release back to the ocean was as smooth as we had hoped and planned for.

To get them out of the aquarium and shipped halfway around the world, Little Grey and Little White, both female, had to be put into specially designed slings that helped protect their bodies. They then had to survive in a lorry, then a Boeing 747-400ERF cargo aircraft and finally a harbour tugboat.

Thankfully, they’ve arrived to Iceland safe and sound.

Sea Life Trust said in a statement: “Little Grey and Little White are now in their bayside care pool and will need a short period of time to acclimatise to their new natural environment and all the outdoor elements before their final release into the wider sanctuary in Klettsvik Bay in the Westman Islands off the south coast of Iceland.

“The expert team and the independent vets were with Little Grey and Little White throughout the move and said they are healthy and are feeding after the short trip from their landside care facility back to the sea.”

It’s so nice to see them look so happy in their new surroundings and we hope they have an incredible first swim.

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