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Little Grey and Little White, both 12-year-old female whales, have been in captivity since 2011. Performing for an audience at Chengfeng Ocean World, in China. 

Today, they are one step closer to swimming freely in the open sea. After been flow for 30 hours, traveling 6,000 miles, these two beauties had arrived at the Beluga Sanctuary. The pair are currently staying in a bayside care pool to get them acclimated before the release into the sanctuary. Klettsvik Bay, in the islands off the south coast of Iceland, and is known as the world's first beluga sanctuary. 

Head of Sea Life Trust, Andy Bool, said, "We're absolutely delighted to be able to share the news that Little Grey and Little White are safely in their sea sanctuary care pools and are just one step away from being released into their wider open water home. Following extensive planning and rehearsals, the first stage of their release back to the ocean was as smooth as we had hoped and planned for. We are carefully monitoring Little Grey and Little White with our expert care team and veterinarians and hope to announce their final release very soon."

Story via The Independent


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Wellington The Penguin Meets Beluga Whales

If you guys aren't following @shedd_aquarium on Twitter, you're definitely missing out on some under the sea magic! 

The staff are currently letting the penguins roam the empty aquarium and documenting their adventures!

And on March 31st, Wellington the Penguin meet beluga whales -- for the very first time! And the belugas are northern hemisphere animals, so they likely have never seen a penguin either!

Which explains the second belugas curiosity as it presses its head against the glass for a better look! 

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Corgis Of The Ocean: Beluga Whales Are Our New Obsession

For anyone who is not familiar yet with this cutie pie, meet the Beluga Whale! The beluga, or white whale, is one of the smallest species of whale. Their distinctive color and prominent foreheads make them easily identifiable. They are the only aquatic mammals of this color. They are found in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions and that's the reason why their physiological and anatomical characteristics are different from other marine mammals. For instance, they don't have a dorsal fin, which is present in other cetaceans. Once you will see these adorable photos, you will be obsessed too. 

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Captured Beluga Whales Who Were Forced To Spend Their Lives In Chinese Aquarium To Be Flown To Sanctuary

Two beluga whales captured from the wild and forced to spend their lives performing in a Chinese aquarium are to be flown to the world's first open water beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland! Story found on The Times.

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