Sea Life Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary Announces 1st Residents, Little Grey & Little White, To Arrive In Iceland Next Year

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The Sea Life Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary, which was created in partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), is one of the biggest developments in captive whale and dolphin care and protection in decades.

The project is designed to help encourage the rehabilitation of more captive whales into natural environments in the future, and one day bring an end to whale and dolphin entertainment shows.

Sea Life Trust has announced on its website that the much-needed sanctuary will become the new home to its first residents, two female 12-year-old beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White, in Spring of 2019.

Little Grey is described as playful.

Little White is a bit shy.

Currently located at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, China, Little Grey and Little White will take part in a 6,000-mile journey and will be transported by air, land and sea to a large sanctuary in a natural bay at Heimaey Island, located off the coast of southern Iceland.

Backed by a donation from Merlin Entertainment and supported by Sea Life, the sanctuary will comprise of a stunning natural sea inlet in Klettsvik Bay.

According to Sea Life Trust, Heimaey Island is the ideal location for the sanctuary because the cool coastal waters around the Island provide a natural sub-Artic habitat for the belugas and include a variety of local fauna and wildlife.

The large bay area which measures 32,000 sq. miles and 30ft deep also delivers significant space for the belugas to swim, explore and deep dive.

Donations to the Sea Life Beluga Whale Sanctuary can be made HERE! 

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