U.S. Congress Investigates Captivity of Marine Mammals. An open water sanctuary for two beluga whales is to be opened in Iceland next year – the first project of its kind.. Conservation charity Sea Life … Discover how the Whale Sanctuary Project began. The sanctuary project is being helmed by Sea Life Trust, with support from Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC). The world’s first open-sea whale sanctuary is set to open in Iceland in March. The SEA LIFE TRUST has today announced it will create the world’s first open water sanctuary for beluga whales in a ground-breaking marine welfare project in Iceland. In mid-2019, the world witnessed the completion of the world’s first open-water Last month, Iceland opened the world’s first open-sea beluga whale sanctuary in the secluded Klettsvik Bay. Rehoming two whales on a new continent during a global pandemic is about as hard as it gets. There's a visitor and education centre which is open to the public for an entrance fee. We are proud to be a partner of this important project that will improve welfare for these belugas, and show the world that there is an alternative to whale and dolphin captivity.” The inaugural residents are Little Grey and Little White, 12-year-old female belugas who were taken into captivity as babies from Russia to perform at Shanghai’s Changfeng Ocean World. The SEA LIFE TRUST has today announced it will create the world’s first open water sanctuary for beluga whales in a ground-breaking marine welfare project in Iceland. A whale sanctuary in Iceland will not be able to provide safe haven to a lonely beluga whale freed last week from a mysterious harness by Norwegian fishermen and … Rehoming animals is a delicate business at the best of times. The world’s first whale sanctuary represents a pathway to the end of the keeping of whales and dolphins confined for entertainment. In honor of Keiko and all of the young people who pressed for his release, we have established the Keiko Legacy Fund to help create … The sanctuary will become the new home to its first residents, two female beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White in Spring 2019. Several of us on the Whale Sanctuary team (*) worked together 20 years ago to return to the ocean the famous orca Keiko, who had been the star of the movie Free Willy.It was an invaluable and rewarding experience, and one that informs much of our work today. Canadian Senate Considers Banning Cetacean Captivity. Lori Marino and … Government Hearings. The Beluga Whale Sanctuary also includes a puffin hospital where puffin chicks are monitored and researched. Six members of the WSP team testify at committee hearings.