Skip to content
All articles
  • All articles
  • About whales & dolphins
  • Create healthy seas
  • End captivity
  • Fundraising
  • Green Whale
  • Kids blogs
  • Prevent deaths in nets
  • Scottish Dolphin Centre
  • Stop whaling

Faroes dolphin hunt review – disappointing is an understatement

I wasn't alone in hoping that substantial changes would be made as a result of...
Minke whale - V Mignon

We told them this would happen! Time to halt cruel whale experiments

An ill-conceived and so far ill-fated joint US/ Norwegian experiment to test minke whales' reaction...
Sponging dolphin in Shark Bay

Dolphins who catch fish with shells

Kidzone - quick links Fun Facts Our Goals Curious kids Kids blogs Fantastic fundraisers Gallery...
WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

I'm looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience...
We need whale poo 📷 WDC NA

Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we're working hard to bring whales and the ocean into...
Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
WDC's Ed Fox, Chris Butler-Stroud and Carla Boreham take a message from the ocean to parliament

Taking a message from the ocean to parliament

It's a sad fact that whales and dolphins don't vote in human elections, but I...

Belugas take little steps to new life in sanctuary home

Our project with the SEA LIFE Trust to move two beluga whales, Little White and Little Grey,  from captivity in China to the world’s first whale sanctuary in Iceland has taken some significant  steps forward. We’re calling this phase ‘Little Steps’, because that’s what we and the whales are taking.

The whales made good progress in their care pools in the bay and in September were released to explore the wider sanctuary. Their first swims out were part of a carefully managed programme to introduce them into their much larger ocean home and they adapted well to their new surroundings.

LG and LW in bay week 1 the SLT Beluga Whale Sanctuary

If you are able to make a donation, it would mean the world.

Ideally this phase would have happened in the spring, giving the whales and their care team several months of acclimatisation to life in the bay before the Icelandic winter hit. But what none us could have predicted was the impact of a global pandemic.

After Little White and Little Grey’s successful first Little Steps into the wider bay, the expert team decided that, for the moment, it is safest for the whales if they are looked after in their custom-built landside care pool.

They were moved in a short 45-minute operation in early December and will stay until the milder spring weather allows us to return them to the bay to begin their new life there, giving them plenty of time to get ready for the next winter. Little White and Little Grey’s welfare will always be our priority and the decisions around their care made by the expert team are informed by the advice of independent veterinarians.

Little White and Little Grey’s first year in the sanctuary was always planned to look different to ongoing years. Of course it is disappointing they can’t stay in the bay all winter this year, but remember, they have the rest of their lives to enjoy the sanctuary and we have to get this right  not only for these two awesome individuals, but also for all the other whales who may come here in the future.

Please make a donation

to help WDC and the SEA LIFE Trust cover the costs of caring for Little White and Little Grey

[shariff]

Keep in touch on Social Media

About Julia Pix

Communications manager - Public Engagement

Leave a Comment