The look on their face says it all 💕
Confining these creatures to small spaces can harm them physically and even worse – mentally. These two Beluga Whales were rescued after more than a decade, from a Chinese aquarium where they performed tricks in exchange for fish.
The two whales barely lived in the wild. After being captured at only a couple of years old, the two were held captive in a Russian research station. They were then transferred to the Ocean World in Shanghai, China.
After spending 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 no easy task. The two female whales were placed in specially built 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 acclimatise to 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 heartwarming to see more and more wild creatures returning to their natural habitats after years in captivity.
Watch the precious video below:
THAT’S GREAT!!! CONGRATS ON GETTING THAT BEAUTIFUL BABY AND SETTING IT FREE LIKE HE SHOULD BE!!!! I’M SO PROUD FOR THAT BABY TO ABLE TO DO EVERYTHING HE’S DOES WHEN HE’S FREE!!!!!🤗💖💕