Little Grey and Little White are two beluga whales that have been at Ocean World in Shanghai for almost a decade, and they have been forced to perform tricks and shows to audiences. The whales were visibly excited when they were transported from the Chinese aquarium to a new open-water refuge.
The whales were at a Russian research center before that, and they were finally rescued by UK-based charity Sea Life rust after years away from their natural habitat – the sea. Luckily, Little Grey and Little White were finally shipped away 6,000 miles away, to their new home in Iceland. Imagine the excitement for the two whales when they will be finally able to swim in the open ocean, for the first time in decades.
The two whales will first go to a refuge in the south coast of Iceland, before they’re released into the sea sanctuary.
The first stage of their release back to the ocean was as smooth as Sea Life Trust hoped, and the whales are now just one step away from being released into their open water home.
Both whales were put into specially designed slings that helped protect their bodies in order to get them out of the aquarium, and then they had to make it in a Boeing 747-400ERF cargo aircraft to finally be put in a harbor tugboat.
Thankfully, the two female whales arrived to Iceland safe and sound, and they’re now in their bayside care pool, where they will need a short period of time to acclimatize to their new natural environment and all the outdoor elements before their final release in the Westman Islands off the south coast of Iceland.