Little White and Little Grey’s new home will be Klettsvik Bay, at Heimaey Island off the coast of southern Iceland. Heimaey Island is the ideal location for the SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary because the cool coastal waters around the Island provide a natural sub-Artic habitat for the belugas and include a rich variety of local fauna and wildlife.
The large bay area which measures 32,000 sq m and 30ft deep also delivers significant space for the belugas to swim, explore and deep dive.
Backed by a donation from Merlin Entertainments and supported by the world’s largest aquarium brand, SEA LIFE, the sanctuary will comprise of a stunning natural sea inlet in Klettsvik Bay and include a landside care facility and visitor centre.
Klettsvikk Bay, in particular, is relatively secluded and offers protection from the Icelandic weather. The bay also enables the SEA LIFE TRUST to create necessary landside care facilities to monitor and assess the beluga whales on a regular basis.
The image here shows how the bay will look once complete, enclosed by netting from the surface to the bottom of the bay and with pontoons providing access for beluga care team to look after Little White and Little Grey. The pontoons also include small enclosures to allow the team to provide one on one care for either of the belugas should they require it.
The pontoons also act as wave attenuators, dampening the swell coming in to the bay.
See a birds eye view of Klettsvik Bay below...