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Five beluga whales arrive at Mystic Aquarium

Five beluga whales arrived at their new home at Mystic Aquarium on Friday and Saturday. The whales, all between 5 and 6 years old, were brought to Mystic from Marineland in Ontario, Canada, where they were living in an overcrowded tank with 47 other beluga whales.

The whales traveled on a C-130 cargo plane from Hamilton International Airport to Groton-New London Airport, where they were transferred to flatbed trucks with a police escort for the ride to Mystic Aquarium.

The whales will be a part of non-invasive research at the aquarium that is meant to help with conservation efforts to protect wild belugas.

The new belugas are named Jetta, Havana, Kharabali, Havok, and Sahara.

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