Credit: SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary
Recently, the story of 2 Beluga whales (Little Grey & Little White) being set free from an indoor aquarium in Shanghai to the world’s first open-water Beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland made a splash.
This arduous operation led by the Sea Life Trust was planned meticulously & the rescue team is delighted to see the whale couple splash in the sea after almost 10 years!
A few fun-facts of this stunning sociable creature:
? The word Beluga comes from the Russian word “bielo” meaning white.
? Although they are toothed whales, they don’t chew their food but swallow their prey.
? They can swim backwards & lack a dorsal fin.
? The Beluga can change the shape of its bulbous forehead, called a “melon”, by blowing air around its sinuses.
? They can mimic a human’s voice & have complex social lives.
? Just like dolphins, the Beluga whales have been known to save peoples lives by pushing them to the surface when they were drowning.
Are Belugas endangered?
⭕️ Whale & Dolphin Conservation: “Beautiful and expressive, Beluga whales are known as the canaries of the sea. But like the fate of many a songbird, belugas are continually exploited and held captive for human entertainment.”
⭕️ Another reason why the Belugas are endangered, is the fact that the females have babies only once in three years.
A round of applause!
The SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary was created in partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) with the aim of providing formerly captive beluga whales with a safe and more natural home.
We commend their efforts with their rescue missions which could “potentially transform the lives of over 3,000 whales and dolphins currently housed in traditional captive facilities or performing in shows around the world”.