A pair of beluga whales have had their first taste of the sea in nearly 10 years.
The whales, named Little White and Little Grey moved from Shanghai marine park to the world’s first Beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland, which announced its opening in 2018. Before that, they were in captivity at a research centre in Russia before being moved to China in 2011.
The whales will spend some time in a special care pool before being moved to the wider-sanctuary, which measures 32,000sqm.
Before making the trip, the whales trained for their journey by building up strength with swimming and exercises.
The sanctuary hopes Little White and Little Grey’s experience will raise awareness to improve welfare for other animals
According to experts, beluga whales are one of the smallest whale species and are listed as near threatened.