Five belugas were transported by plane and truck from Canada to their new home at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.
It started aboard a cargo plane designed to carry military tanks. Each whale was transported in a custom-designed container filled with sea water. Then, they were loaded onto a flatbed truck and brought to the aquarium with a police escort in the middle of the night.
The 10-foot belugas, which are an endangered species, were hoisted out of the containers by crane and lowered into a cart.
Staff wheeled the young whales, which range from 760 to 1,200 pounds, into the aquarium, where they were lowered and released into their new home, making quite a splash.
“It took enormous logistical coordination. And of course, if you imagine moving five whales is no easy feat,” Mystic Aquarium CEO Steve Coan said.