Little Grey and Little White’s mental health and physical well-being is our top priority. The onsite animal care team members interact with the whales every day and are supported by world renowned specialists in marine welfare and behaviour.
Reintroducing Little Grey and Little White to a more natural environment involves helping the whales to acclimatise to their new surroundings. The Arctic water around Iceland is much colder than what the belugas have been used to, which means ahead of being released into the open water, Little Grey and Little White’s calorie intake has increased to support weight gain. Extra blubber will keep them insulated against the colder conditions.
To help Little Grey and Little White gain confidence when interacting with the local fauna and wildlife in the bay, the project team has been carefully introducing the whales to creatures such as crabs and other shellfish as well as plant life such as sea kelp found in the local area.