WHALE OF A TIME IN NEW ARCTIC HOME
THIS beluga whale has plenty to smile about after travelling across the world and returning to the ocean for the first time in nearly 10 years.
Little Grey, and fellow beluga Little White, had forgotten what the natural sea and sunlight feels like, being cooped up in a Chinese aquarium since 2011.
But the whales are now enjoying life in the world’s first open water sanctuary for belugas in Iceland, thanks to global charity organisation the SEA LIFE Trust.
Assistant curator at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Robbie McCracken said both whales were important ambassadors for other beluga whales in human care across the world.
“The whole concept behind the project was to show that there are alternatives for whales that are currently living in aquariums,” Mr McCracken said.
“Beluga whales generally live in colder waters as they are found in the Arctic line so by moving Little White and Little Grey to Iceland, we can care for them in their natural environment.”
Sydney Aquarium has provided significant funding for the “complex project’’, which has taken a year to ensure the whales acclimatise.