Drop everything you’re doing and head to Iceland asap!

beluga whales

Because they have opened the world’s first open-water beluga sanctuary in Klettsvik Bay on Heimaey Island. Lying right off the southern coast of Iceland between Reykjavik and Vik, the sanctuary is about to receive its first two lovely belugas, Little Grey and Little White. They will be arriving on June 19.

Then from August 1 to October 30, a boat trip takes tourists to see the whales. Their Visitors Center has an aquarium and a puffin sanctuary. In fact, you can visit those right now!

Both of the belugas are 13 feet long 12-year-olds. They weigh around 2,000 lbs and originated in Russia. The sanctuary says that Little Grey is more playful and extroverted while Little White is shy and more introverted of the two.

If you don’t know, Belugas are quite the creatures. Capable of diving more than 2,000 feet, they are usually subtle in nature, keeping to 60 or lower feet under the surface. The sanctuary in Iceland is 30 feet deep and around 34,455 square feet.

Little White and Little Grey were both taken in when they were little and have been performing at Shanghai’s Changfeng Ocean World, China’s first marine aquarium, for years now.

Now, they have quite a journey in front of them. In fact, they’re even taking training that will help them have less stress during the travel.

Hopefully, they will enjoy the sanctuary as much as everyone who happens to visit it.

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