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Beluga whales transported from captivity in China to ocean refuge

The two Beluga whales, named Little Grey and Little White, were moved to the world's first open-water whale sanctuary after travelling 6,000 miles from an aquarium in China. (PA)
The two Beluga whales, named Little Grey and Little White, were moved to the world’s first open-water whale sanctuary after travelling 6,000 miles from an aquarium in China. (PA)

Two 12-year-old beluga whales have been transported to a sanctuary in Iceland after a decade in a Chinese aquarium where they performed as show animals.

The whales, called Little Grey and Little White, made the 6,000-mile journey from Shanghai, beginning in June last year, thanks to UK charity the Sea Life Trust.

They are now in a care area of the world’s first open-water sanctuary for belugas in Klettsvik Bay off the south coast of Iceland.

They will need time to acclimatise to their new natural environment before their final release into the wider sanctuary.

Images show the distinctive animals, which weigh around 1,200kg each, being taken into the refuge by a team using special tight harnesses.

The relocation took 12

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