VIDEO: Iceland Soon To Have Two Beluga Whales In Captivity - The Reykjavik Grapevine

VIDEO: Iceland Soon To Have Two Beluga Whales In Captivity

Published January 10, 2019

Andie Fontaine

Iceland will soon have two beluga whales, which will be kept in the same cove that was once home to Keiko of “Free Willy” fame.

RÚV reports that the belugas will be flown to Iceland from China, and are due to arrive here this spring. The project is an initiative of Merlin Entertainment, one of the largest amusement park companies in the world.

Upon arrival, the two belugas—Little White and Little Grey—will be kept in Klettsvík in the Westman Islands, a cove that was once home to the orca Keiko, better known to the rest of the world for its role in the movie Free Willy.

Getting the whales here will be a complicated matter, as the flight itself requires a specially outfitted Cargolux plane. After landing in Reykjavík, the belugas will then be transported south in specially designed shipping trucks.

News website The Hindu has now released a video of the belugas, detailing the long journey they will take.

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