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Canada’s Trapped Killer Whales Freed by Shifting Ice

Canada’s Trapped Killer Whales Freed by Shifting Ice

Written by Stephen Messenger

For at least two days, the fate of a group of eleven killer whales seemed grim as they languished to stay alive, apparently trapped beneath an ice sheet along the frigid Canadian coast. But now, after a favorable shifting of ice cover, it appears that the weakened animals have been freed.

With just a few-meters patch of unobstructed surface from which to breath and their energy diminishing, the imperiled orcas garnered international attention after they were first spotted by two Inukjuak villagers earlier this week in along the Hudson Bay.

It is believed that the pod of killer whales were feeding in the waters when an unexpected cold snap locked the ice around them. As the situation grew more dire, a team of locals readied chainsaws and drills in hopes of broadening their narrow confines.

It appears, however, that winds have since shifted the ice enough to free them from that spot.

“So as far as I could tell, the emergency, for sure, is averted,” says Mark O’Connor, director of the regional marine wildlife board. “Whether the whales have found a passage all the way to the Hudson Strait, we probably will never know.”

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.



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10:58AM PDT on May 27, 2013

Thanks for the article....and the fantastic picture..

7:40PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

a very heartwarming story..hopefully they all survived.

5:01PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

I hope they truely did escape and are all safe and uninjured.

2:36PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

close call!

8:42AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

hope it wasn't too late.

12:24PM PST on Feb 9, 2013

Its so nice to hear a wonderful story of nature helping it own. thankyou.!

11:56AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Getting saved is rad.

9:35AM PST on Feb 1, 2013


1:44PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

thanks for sharing, hope they made it :s

3:42PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

so pleased

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