Imprison these creatures in small spaces not only harm them physically but also mentally. These two Beluga Whales were rescued after more than a decade, from a Chinese aquarium where they had been performing tricks in exchange for fish.
The two whales haven’t lived in the wild long time. After being taken at only a couple of years old, the two were held captive in a Russian research station. They were then moved to the Ocean World in Shanghai, China.
After staying more than a decade at the Chinese aquarium, the two Beluga Whales were finally being rescued by a UK-based group called Sea Life Trust.
The two 2,000 lbs (900kg), 13 ft (4m) whales, were transferred more than 6,000 miles to Klettsvik Bay, an open-water ocean refuge in Iceland. The sanctuary will allow Little White and Little Grey to swim with other Belugas for the first time in years.
Getting them halfway around the world was certainly a hard task. The two female whales were placed in special slings that were designed to protect their bodies. They were placed in a truck, transferred to a Boeing 747-400ERF cargo aircraft, and a tugboat when they finally made it to Iceland.
Little Grey and Little White are now in their bayside care pool and will need a short period of time to adapt to the climate in 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.
He looks so happy like he knows he’s going home. Look at that smile ???
It’s really good to see more and more wild creatures returning to their natural habitats after years in captivity.
Watch the precious video below:
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