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Northwest elected leaders to assess breaching the Snake River dams

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Joint response concerning “no apparent shortage of prey for Southern Resident killer whales” in the Salish Sea

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Whale culture should play a part in their conservation says new international study

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Preparations for beluga whale move to Iceland continue

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Moving in the wrong direction: new application would bring belugas to US marine parks

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Financial worth of whales revealed

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Positive whaling news emerges from Iceland

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Beluga Sanctuary Update – July 1st

Update: 1st July 2020 We have been working to relocate belugas, Little Grey and Little...

Preparations for beluga whale move to Iceland continue

Beluga whale

Ahead of the relocation of Little White and Little Grey to the world’s first open water sanctuary for beluga whales this April, we gave international media the opportunity to discover how this epic 6,000 mile journey will be delivered to plan. They were also able to speak to some of the expert team involved in making this a smooth trip for the two whales.

At the headquarters of Cargolux, our fantastic project transport partner, situated at Luxembourg airport, media were given the chance to step inside the specially branded Boeing 747-400ERF cargo plane. This plane will carry Little White and Little Grey from Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, China, to the SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary located in a secluded bay on the remote island Heimaey, one of the Westman islands in Iceland.

We also offered those present the chance to speak to the two Cargolux pilots who will be responsible for helping to deliver this phase of this complex, landmark project. They will help us to achieve our long term goal of giving the two whales a better future in their new natural ocean home, and bring to reality a practical solution to whale and dolphin captivity.

At every step along the way, we have always sought the highest expertise available to ensure the sanctuary is success and that the welfare of the two belugas is paramount. That also extends to the pilots involved in the transportation phase, with Cargolux providing two of their most experienced flight team to fly the plane in April – Claude and Claude.

Speaking to WDC, Claude Zehren a 21-year veteran with Cargolux and captain on the 747 for the past 14 years, said he was extremely excited to be given the opportunity to be part of the team that would be bringing the belugas home to the sea. His colleague and fellow pilot, Claude Konsbrück, Vice-President Flight Operations at Cargolux, said that in many ways the flight was pretty much standard but that this time they would have some very special guests onboard when the plane take off from China in a few weeks.

Check out the quick film here which also features our own captivity campaigner, Rob Lott and Rob Hicks from Sea Life.

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