World Leisure Jobs - Sea Life Trust welcomes two beluga whales into retirement with new sanctuary...
18 Jul 2019 World leisure: news, training & property
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

24 Jun 2019

Sea Life Trust welcomes two beluga whales into retirement with new sanctuary
BY Andy Knaggs

Little Grey and Little White while still in Shanghai

Little Grey and Little White while still in Shanghai

Two beluga whales from the Chang Feng Ocean World aquarium in Shanghai have completed a 6,000 mile journey to their new home ‒ a specially constructed marine sanctuary in Iceland ‒ where they will see out their days.

The sanctuary has been set up by Merlin Entertainment,as reported in Attractions Management, Issue 1 2019. It's run by Sea Life Trust.

The 32,000sq m (344,000sq ft) inlet at Klettsvik Bay on Heimaey Island in southern Iceland has a sub-Arctic environment that is similar to the whales' natural habitat. The bay, which was used to house Keiko, the orca seen in Free Willy, has been netted to create a sea pen for the animals, as they would not be able to survive in the wild after their years of captivity.

Transporting the 900kg beluga whales, whose names are Little Grey and Little White, from Shanghai to Iceland has called for special arrangements: custom-made slings designed to the whales' exact physical requirements held the whales in tailored containers as they flew on a uniquely branded Cargolux aeroplane, which touched down in Iceland on 19 June. The journey was completed by lorry, and as of 20 June, the belugas have been getting used to their new surroundings.

Throughout the journey, Little Grey and Little White were monitored by care teams to ensure their comfort, and they will continue to be regularly assessed by veterinary experts as they acclimatise to their new home.

A statement on Sea Life Trust's website said the animals would undergo a 40-day quarantine period. "Little Grey and Little White are both doing well after such a long and complicated journey and they have started to acclimatise and feed in their new care pool," the statement added.

The whales came into Merlin Entertainment's hands following its acquisition of the Living and Leisure Australia Group in 2012, which owned Chang Feng Ocean World. Operating more than 50 Sea Life aquariums, one of Merlin’s founding beliefs was that cetaceans should not be held in captivity for entertainment purposes. It worked with the charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) to identify and set up the new sanctuary.

Little Grey and Little White are both 13-year-old belugas, and the hope is that they will live for several more decades (life expectancy in the wild is 40 to 60 years), enjoying a habitat that is vastly larger than they have become used to in captivity. The sanctuary can comfortably accommodate around 10 animals, so Merlin hopes that other attractions will seek to retire their whales to the site.

Cathy Williamson, captivity campaign manager for WDC, said that conservationists were "hoping that our sanctuary project will provide a blueprint for the development of sanctuaries in other parts of the world".



Connect with
World Leisure
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Former president Chris Clawson returns to Life Fitness as CEO
Former president Chris Clawson returns to Life Fitness as CEO   18 Jul 2019

Life Fitness has appointed Chris Clawson as its CEO, succeeding the outgoing Jason Worthy. Clawson previously served as President of Life Fitness – .... more>>
Physical activity boosts brain function in overweight individuals
Physical activity boosts brain function in overweight individuals   18 Jul 2019

Exercise has the ability to improve brain function in previously sedentary, overweight individuals. The University of Tübingen in Germany studied .... more>>
We can help politicians to help the museum sector, says NEMO chief
We can help politicians to help the museum sector, says NEMO chief   18 Jul 2019

Julie Ward – a member of the European Parliament – had an interesting and informative day, hands-on as an intern at the Bonnefantenmuseum in .... more>>
Second Lefay Resort with 5,000sq m spa set for August opening
Second Lefay Resort with 5,000sq m spa set for August opening   17 Jul 2019

Destination spa Lefay will open its second luxury eco spa resort in the Italian Dolomites on 1 August. Located in the ski area of Madonna di .... more>>
Company profile


TOR Systems Ltd

TOR Systems have been in this business since 1981.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Moving with ease and style

Moving with ease and style

Beauty therapists getting dressed for work in the morning need a quick, hassle-free comfortable uniform solution. More>>




in this issue

• Merlin sold in US$7.49bn mega deal
• Rathbone Boxing Club opens in London
• Serpentine Pavilion opens to thje public



World Leisure jobs




Assistant General Manager - Blackpool
Salary: Fantastic Benefits
Location: Lancashire, England
Company: The Gym Group
General Manager - Manchester Fallowfield
Salary: Bonus
Location: Greater Manchester, England
Company: The Gym Group
Gymnastics Coach
Salary: £13.84 - £15.00 per hour (inclusive of 10% market supplement)
Location: Tisbury, Salisbury, UK
Company: Wiltshire Council
Lifeguard
Salary: £20,269 - £21,088 (inclusive of 10% unsocial hours plussage)
Location: Calne, UK
Company: Wiltshire Council
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




18-20 Jul 2019

Indonesia International Amusement & Leisure Expo (IIALE 2019)

Jakarta International Expo , Jakarta, Indonesia


23-25 Jul 2019

National Sports Convention (NSC)

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia



Leisure Management magazine 2018 issue 1
Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Last word: The benefits of retreats
Research is showing retreats could have a positive health impact More>>
  Profile: Aaron Simpson
Quintessentially is an exclusive concierge service for some of the world’s richest people. Co-founder Aaron Simpson reveals what wealthy people want More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1

Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Talking Point: Cruise control
The cruise industry is expanding, but concerns are growing about pollution More>>
  Community: Bright Hart Lane
Grant Cornwell on the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s community work More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd