The beluga whales, which weighed 4,000 pounds, were released from the aquarium, and eventually, a smile appeared on their faces; Learn more about this adventure.!!
Imprisoning living beings, whether human or animal, is unjust. Likewise, releasing and relocating captives is an act of virtue and humanity. The Sea Life Trust organization recently spearheaded such a good cause. In fact, relocating captive animals is a challenging process, so we can imagine how difficult it would be to transfer two Beluga whales from one continent to another. But the successful completion of the Sea Life Trust is such an adventurous endeavor. Years ago, when the whales were young, they were captured off the Russian coast and
housed in an aquarium at the Shanghai Ocean World Water Park in China. Whales named Little Gray and Little White are 12 years old today. The Sea Life Trust organization found it inappropriate to keep these giant whales in an aquarium and decided to move the two whales from Shanghai’s Ocean World Water Park to Iceland as a part of a two-year relocation experiment. Despite the adverse factors in front of the organization, including the Covid pandemic, they went ahead with their plan. In the end, the success of the organization was due to the precise planning
and careful execution of all activities, including the 6000-mile truck. After a voyage by sea and air, the whales were transferred to the Beluga World Sanctuary, the world’s first open water sanctuary. Thus, for the first time in a decade, these creatures experienced seawater in their bodies. “As soon as we noticed this, we realized it would not be easy, but it was definitely a success of the effort backed by love,” Audrey Padgett, the organization’s general manager, told CNN. The idea of relocating the whales came about after Merlin Entertainments bought
the aquarium because they were opposed to capturing the creatures. To replace the two whales, which weigh about 4,000 pounds and eat 110 pounds a day, needed skilled transport equipment and veterinarians with enough ice and water, Padgett added. “For the voyage to Iceland, the whales were placed on special slings with customized body matting per their body proportions. The voyage was carried by truck, a Boeing cargo jet, and a port tugboat. After all, We could see them laughing and playing with their guardians,” a Sea Life spokesman explained the process.