Two Beluga Whales Are Free for the First Time Since 2011 With a New Life On The Icelandic Coast
Beluga whales Little Grey and Little White have been moved to the open-water section of the Sea Life Trust sanctuary in Klettsvik Bay.
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Two captive belugas were given the chance of a better life when they were relocated from China to a new sanctuary in Iceland.
The 11-year-olds, known as Little Grey and Little White, had spent seven years performing for audiences at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai.
But in 2019, thanks to the British charity Sea Life Trust, they were freed and transported 6,000 miles around the world—30 hours by air, land, and sea—to reach the world’s first retirement home for oceanic animal performers.
Over the past year, the female pair has been cared for inside specialized pools on Heimaey Island.
Now they’ve made another big transition: On August 8, Little Grey and Little White were moved to the open-water section of the beluga sanctuary in Klettsvik Bay.
It’s the first time in 11 years that the belugas have swum in the ocean.
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