News
Brownies support whales and dolphins

A Sanctuary And A Better Live For Captive Belugas

WDC is working with Merlin Entertainments to create the world’s first wild beluga whale sea sanctuary. The idea is to provide a much better and more natural home for three captive beluga whales, named Jun Jun, Little White and Little Grey and currently held at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, China.

It is a long and painstaking process to create the first ever sea sanctuary for ex-captive beluga whales. WDC experts have been working very hard to find a suitable location for the belugas and one that will ensure the safest possible wild environment for them.

Beluga whale in the wildWe are a step closer to announcing that location but we can’t do that until we are sure that it passes all the tests and meets our strict criteria for suitability. The team is now busy studying the sea bed, the noisiness, the weather conditions, potential storm impact and the water quality at the proposed site, so that we are as certain as we can be that this natural sea location will provide a clean and suitable environment for the belugas to live in for years to come. 

Even if the location we have found passes all the tests, we still have to tackle legal paperwork, apply for all the necessary permits and raise more funds but, if these aspects go smoothly then we hope work on our sanctuary will commence in 2018 and the belugas will be moved to the sanctuary in the spring of 2019. We will provide regular updates on this exciting project so you can follow the progress of the belugas on their journey to sanctuary. Fingers crossed!

More on WDC’s wild sea sanctuary work.