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FREEDOM: Two whales rescued from captivity taken to ocean refuge 6,000 miles away

The 12-year-old pair of Beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White, are now residing in their new sea sanctuary care area at Klettsvik Bay in Iceland.

CAMERON FREW: Two beluga whales have been freed from captivity in China and transported to an open water sanctuary, where they’re swimming in the sea for the first time in nearly a decade. Little Grey and Little White had been moved from a Russian whale research centre to Ocean World in Shanghai in 2011, where they were trained to perform tricks for visiting crowds and kept in far, far smaller spaces than creatures of their size require.

However, thanks to the efforts of British charity the Sea Life Trust, the 12-year-old pair travelled 6,000 miles to the world’s first open water sanctuary in Iceland. Little Grey and Little White finally arrived on Friday, August 8, and are now residing in ‘their new sea sanctuary care area at Klettsvik Bay in Iceland’, according to the charity…

Both belugas are said to be healthy and feeding after a short stint in the landside care facility, later transported back to the care pool in the sea where they’re being prepped for open water…The Sea Life Trust Beluga Whale sanctuary is the ‘first of its kind’, said to be one of the biggest developments in captive whale and dolphin care in decades. SOURCE…

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