Cargolux Airlines International has had to delay its flight to relocate two beluga whales due to weather conditions and rough seas in Iceland.
Little Grey and Little White were set to fly from Shanghai to Keflavik before travelling by truck and ferry to Heimaey Island.
The temporary delay is due to the complicated final leg of the journey between the Icelandic mainland and the island of Heimaey.
The weather conditions in Iceland and the forecast of rough seas next week do not allow for the transport of the whales on board the ferry.
Cargolux and the Sealife Trust, along with the Icelandic government are working closely to assess suitable options for the belugas’ safe relocation and to secure the flight out of Shanghai to Iceland in the coming weeks.
The airline says it will share progress on the developments as they unfold and will carry out the flight when experts and partners deem it right to do so.