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Beluga Whale Journey Exhibition At The After Nyne Gallery

Little Grey and Little White are two beluga whales that embarked on a journey of over 6000 miles and you can see the photos documenting their journey at the After Nyne Gallery.

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Tesni Ward


The After Nyne Gallery is hosting a fund-raising photographic exhibition for the charity Sea Life. The photographs are by Olympus wildlife ambassador Tesni Ward and documents the rehibition journey of two whales from China to a sanctuary in Iceland. Stuart Fawcett went along for ePHOTOzine to see the event and meet Tesni.

Little Grey and Little White are two 13-year-old female Beluga Whales that have had a hard start in life. They are the best of friends having been caught when young and sold into Russian research projects until the project money ran out. They were then sold on to Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, China. There Little Grey and Little White performed for the crowds until Merlin Entertainments bought the company and stopped the performances of non-normal whale behaviour. Merlin supports the Sea Life Trust and spent a significant amount of money building a sanctuary in Iceland in which to return them. Detailed plans were laid out to ensure the pair were physically fit enough to return.


Exhibition images


Tesni’s energy and excitement for the project is contagious - she is an inspiring person with a true passion for nature and photography. She was joined on her left by Andy Bool, head of the Sea Life Trust. And by Richard Forson, president and CEO of Cargolux Airlines on her right. Both Andy and Richard continued the talk of how the new sanctuary was 30 times bigger than the whales previous enclosure, and how they needed to organise preparations and considerations for the 6000-mile journey; Such as pumping water out of the aircraft transportation tank for taking off and landing, and then having it in the main tanks for Little White and Little Grey during the nine and a half hour flight.


Tesni Ward


There is one final stage to go, Little White and Little Grey are now in a quarantine enclosure next to the sanctuary until early summer when they are expected to be released into the larger final sanctuary.

What's also important is to see how the ethics of international companies like Merlin and Cargolux ensure they only do good for the animals they encounter and will spend a significant amount of time and money ensuring their wellbeing. This is an important principle to remember are there are 300 other performing whales still being forced by other companies to perform unnatural whale behaviours. Sea Life Trust is one of the organisations that can help.


After Nyne Gallery


The exhibition is now open and buying prints will directly help the Sea Life Trust. SeaLife can only exist as a fundraising charity if we get involved or donate in another way. For more details on the event, visit the After Nyne Gallery website. 

Article by Stuart Fawcett (JackAllTog).

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