Oct. 6, 2009, 5:57AM
ATLANTA — Expansion of a dolphin exhibit has led Georgia Aquarium officials to ship their three beluga whales to Texas for a few months.
Aquarium spokeswoman Meghann Gibbons says the whales were shipped to Sea World San Antonio, Texas on Sunday. They are expected to return to Atlanta in December.
Gibbons says the aquarium's animal husbandry department has been monitoring the belugas, which are extremely sensitive to sound, since construction began more than a year ago near their habitat.
She says aquarium officials decided to eliminate the risk and send the whales to a quieter place until the loudest part of the work is completed.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com