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Two beluga whales were evacuated from Kharkiv dolphinarium “Nemo” to Spain

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun22,2024

Two beluga whales were evacuated to Spain from Kharkiv dolphinarium

Whale/Oceanogràfic de Valencia

Two belugas named Plombir and Miranda, aged 14 and 15, were evacuated from Kharkiv Nemo Dolphinarium to the Oceanographic Park in Valencia, Spain, after intense shelling from Russia, which threatened their safety.

The animals are already in the largest oceanarium in Europe, which is located in Spain. This is reported by The New York Times.

The natural habitat for whales is the Arctic. Therefore, it is important for them to always be in cold water. However, after Russia began shelling the energy infrastructure and blackout schedules began to operate across Ukraine, the dolphinarium decided to use generators for power. Maintaining the water temperature has become much more difficult.

Had they remained in Kharkiv, their chances of survival would have been very slim, said Daniel García-Parraga, director of zoological operations at the Oceanogràfic de Valencia, who helped manage the rescue operation.

Also recently, one of the shells fell next to the dolphinarium. In addition, the diet of animals worsened, because access to fresh fish was limited. Therefore, the owners decided to evacuate the beluga.

The journey to Spain lasted 36 hours. The rescue team faced some problems, in particular, the transport boxes proved to be tight for the animals, and the Moldovan airport did not have the necessary lifting cranes, so a special cargo plane had to be hired.

Beluga is a marine mammal, a species of toothed whale from the narwhal family. The largest individuals reach a length of 6 meters and a weight of about 2 tons. In nature, they live in the Arctic, but in winter they swim in the Baltic Sea.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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