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World’s First Beluga Whale Sanctuary

SEA LIFE TRUST announces creation of beluga sanctuary in Iceland

The SEA LIFE TRUST has announced it will create the world’s first open water sanctuary for beluga whales in a ground-breaking marine welfare project in Iceland.

Created in partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), the SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary is one of the biggest developments in captive whale and dolphin care and protection for decades and the first of its kind to be created for aquatic mammals. It is hoped the project will help to encourage the rehabilitation of more captive whales into natural environments in the future.

The sanctuary will become the new home to its first residents, two female beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White in Spring 2019, currently located at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, China. The secluded Icelandic bay was chosen to provide a more natural sub-Arctic environment and wild habitat for these amazing whales to call home.

Andy Bool, Head of SEA LIFE TRUST, said: “We’re delighted to break new ground in marine and animal welfare with the creation of the world’s first sanctuary for beluga whales. This project has been years in the making and is a pioneering solution to how the aquarium industry can re-shape the futures of whales in captivity.

"This is a truly global effort and working with our partners, leading veterinarians and marine experts, we believe providing a more natural habitat for Little Grey and Little White to deep dive into cool waters and interact with the natural environment will greatly enhance their quality of life."


We are excited to keep you updated on this amazing project over the coming months.
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June 2018

Merlin Entertainment