Transportation during the pandemic: To acclimate the belugas to the colder environment of Iceland, the whales were placed in a quarantine pool at a care facility for several months.
COVID-19 posed a challenge in transferring the whales from the care facility to the sanctuary.
“We’re already in a pretty remote location here in Iceland. It affected our ability to get experts here to help us with the move. It affected our ability to get supplies and just the length of time it took to do things,” said Padgett.
Padgett also noted the need to protect the facility’s staff and place them into quarantine.
Currently in an “acclimatization space” within the sanctuary, the belugas will be given time to adjust safely to their new home.
Once they are ready, Little Grey and Little White will be able to enjoy the full sanctuary.
Underwater fun 🐳
It won’t be long until Little White and Little Grey will have a whole new playground, which means lots of underwater fun to be had! pic.twitter.com/gEqX6wNRvc
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