Category: beluga

Tyonek Swimming (Alaska Sea Life Center)

Tyonek Swimming (Alaska Sea Life Center)

Tyonek Swimming (Alaska Sea Life Center)

Tyonek Swimming (Alaska Sea Life Center)

Tyonek Swimming (Alaska Sea Life Center)

Tyonek Swimming (Alaska Sea Life Center)

Kamogawa Vol 94

Kamogawa Vol 94

Kamogawa Vol 14

Kamogawa Vol 14

Creating sanctuaries for captive whales and do…

Creating sanctuaries for captive whales and dolphins:

In a groundbreaking move, the WDC and Sea Life Trust have officially
launched the world’s very first beluga whale sea-sanctuary. The new
facility will be located in Iceland and it will measure up to 32,000 sqm
with a depth of 10m (32.8 feet). The sanctuary will be open in Spring
2019.

For those who are unaware, a sea-sanctuary is an open water
facility than can house ocean animals in a natural environment. This is
a great option for formally captive whales and dolphins who cannot
be released back into the wild. The animals will be able to live out
the rest of their days in the ocean while still being cared for by
people. Instead of a concrete tank, cetaceans will be able to live in an
enriching environment in the sea.

The first two animals to be shipped to the facility will be two female
belugas, Little Grey and Little White. They currently are being housed
in Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, China. The whales will go through
special training to introduce them to transport equipment, to hold their
breath for longer periods to prepare them for diving, and for strength
training for the new tides and currents they will experience in their
new home. The team of trainers and veterinarians will also work to
introduce the animals to new flora and fauna that they will encounter at
the sanctuary. Veterinarians will also increase the animal’s caloric
intake of herring and capelin to help the whales gain weight and blubber
for the colder environment.

As the whale’s journey takes place, more posts will be written on progress and updates. More information soon to come!

Photo credit to Sea Life Trust

Kamogawa Vol 14

Kamogawa Vol 14

Beluga whales at SeaWorld San Antonio (SeaWorl…

Beluga whales at SeaWorld San Antonio (SeaWorld Facebook Live)

Beluga whales at SeaWorld San Antonio (SeaWorl…

Beluga whales at SeaWorld San Antonio (SeaWorld Facebook Live)

Beluga whales at SeaWorld San Antonio (SeaWorl…

Beluga whales at SeaWorld San Antonio (SeaWorld Facebook Live)