2 captive beluga whales finally freed to a seawater sanctuary in Iceland


After a 30-hour journey by land, air and sea, two young beluga whales that were on show in an aquarium in Shanghai for years have now arrived at a new home — a cool seawater sanctuary off the coast of Iceland. This is the first time the cuties have dipped their smiling snouts into the sea in more than a decade.

The belugas, named Little White and Little Grey, have spent the last three days and nights in a netted-off “care pool” within the sanctuary at Klettsvik Bay on the island of Heimaey, in Iceland’s southern Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. Because these captive whales couldn’t survive in the open ocean, the sanctuary is the next best thing.

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