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URGENT HELP NEEDED: Ask DFO to Send Ice Breakers to Save Pod of 12 Orcas Trapped in Ice


Animals  (tags: Whales, Orcas, endangered, animalwelfare, protection, suffering, wildanimals, oceans )

Rock
- 564 days ago - thepetitionsite.com
Their breathing hole is getting smaller and help is urgently needed to break the ice and open a path to open waters. Urge the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to take action immediately!



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NicoleAWAY W. (629)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 4:51 pm
signed and shared, thank you Rcok
 

aj E. (163)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 5:01 pm
s&n
 

Sue H. (7)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 5:03 pm
Prayers up for the Orcas. Hope help is on the way soonest.
 

Marlene Dinkins (229)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 5:09 pm
notato E firmato grazie Rock. i hope with my heart they get help in time!!!!!!
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 5:15 pm
CBC News reported late Wednesday morning, January 9, that DFO “is sending a team of experts, who are expected to arrive in Inukjuak on Thursday.” However airplane flyovers have reported that only an icebreaker can save these orcas and help cannot be delayed.
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 5:27 pm
Here is a link to the CBC News story
Killer whales trapped as ice hole shrinks in northern Quebec

Here is a link to the Montreal Gazette article published Wednesday
Killer whales trapped as ice hole shrinks in northern Quebec
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 5:44 pm
You can also contact the DFO directly:

Contact DFO (Quebec Region) by phone at (418) 648-2239 or e-mail: info@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 

ELIZABETH Wallace (2)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 5:51 pm
I also started a petition but I am not sure how to share the links on youtube. Do you know how?
 

Terry V. (30)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:08 pm
S&N
They should already be there. Inexcusable............
 

Christine Stewart (131)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:23 pm
Signed!
 

Nimue P. (226)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:23 pm
They should quit delaying and just send the icebreaker. What the hell is wrong with these people? S&N. Praying for the orcas.
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:29 pm
Locals in Inukjuak said the mammals have gathered around a single hole in the ice - slightly bigger than a pickup truck - in a desperate bid to get oxygen.

Mayor Peter Inukpuk urged the Canadian government Wednesday to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to crack open the ice and help them find open water. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it is sending officials to assess the situation.

"Fisheries and Oceans Canada is assessing the situation and are exploring every possible option, but will only be in a position to determine what - if anything - can be done once our specialists arrive on site," spokesman Frank Stanek said in a statement.
 

Roxy H. (340)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:32 pm
WOW Thanks Rock! Why are they not there already?? I am posting this on facebook, calling and sending this on to the sea shepherd site...and LOOK at what i read on this posting! I AM SO MAD! ....http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Orcas+trapped+northern+Quebec/7795759/story.html .....

"People have mixed feelings about the situation," said Peter Inukpuk, the mayor of Inukjuak. "We want to see them free, but we also want them to go away. Killer whales eat seals and belugas. The seal hunt is a huge part of our economy."

An ice breaker could cost the federal government millions and there's no guarantee the ship would arrive in time to save the killer whales — also known as orcas. But local leaders are urging the federal government to take action and help free the whales immediately.

"It would be utopian to assume the DFO is scrambling to get an icebreaking ship on site," Morisette. "The government has cut funding to DFO just as they have with dozens of federal departments, so its tough to see them freeing up money for this. However, the fact the killer whales are an endangered species definitely helps their case."

It's unclear whether the pod migrated north from Canada's West Coast, where the species is most common, or whether they came from its Atlantic coast. The whales likely swam to the breach when there was an opening in the thick layer of ice that covers much of Canada's norther shoreline.

"The ice probably began to close behind the whales as they moved inward," Morisette said. "Now they're stuck. As sad as this situation is, it pales in comparison to the challenges the species faces with the rise of global warming."

With ice melting and shifting in Canada's arctic, traditional migration patterns are drastically changing for marine life. Migration is further complicated by the fact that less ice has made it easier for cargo ships to navigate the Arctic Ocean.

"More shipping means more collisions between vessels and whales, it means more pollution in their environment and it ultimately puts the entire ecosystem at risk," Morisette said. "Global warming is having a profoundly negative effect on marine life in the arctic."

The trapped animals made waves on social media Wednesday after pictures and videos of the orcas were posted on Twitter and Facebook. In the nearby town of Inukjuak, where about 1,500 people live, it's been hard to talk of much else these past few days.

"Plenty of people are headed out there, they're worried and they don't know why we're seeing this kind of thing in the winter," Inukpuk said. "It's not normal."

Although the species are a rare sight in the north during winter, Morisette said it's hard to conclusively determine if incidents like the one in Inukjuak are becoming increasingly common.


Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Orcas+trapped+northern+Quebec/7795759/story.html#ixzz2HXIA5pl6
 

Sara W. (110)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:37 pm
Signed the petition and wrote an email to the DFO. Thanks, Rock!
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:38 pm
signed, noted and tweeted
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:39 pm
Green star sent to Beth W. for creating the petition
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:40 pm
Noted, signed.
 

Roxy H. (340)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:41 pm
http://blog.seattlepi.com/candacewhiting/2013/01/09/12-orca-whales-trapped-by-ice-may-be-saved-by-de-icers-generators-desperately-needed/
 

Gysele van Santen (210)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:42 pm
signed & shared.
 

Julie E. (327)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:42 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Roxy H. (340)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:43 pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/116872628487105

We are attempting to trend on twitter. Please use the hashtag: #SaveQuebecWhales & #BigMiracle witht these articles/video with the hashtag in regard to the trapped Orca in Quebec:

http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/01/09/urgent-many-18-killer-whales-trapped-quebec-ice

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2013/01/09/north-inukjuak-orcas-trapped.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-IdWvmV24k&feature=youtu.be

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/340884

http://blog.seattlepi.com/candacewhiting/2013/01/09/12-orca-whales-trapped-by-ice-may-be-saved-by-de-icers-generators-desperately-needed/

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1312556--killer-whales-trapped-by-ice-in-hudson-s-bay

http://www.globalmontreal.com/icebreaker+needed+to+save+orcas+trapped+in+hudson+bay+ice+in+northern+quebec/6442785033/story.html
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Roxy H. (340)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:44 pm
all that is on Face book events now...top of that ... they keeping a rolling blog .... twitter campaign going too
 

Roxy H. (340)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:45 pm
Via Paul Watson ...............Barbara Balsategui
Via We Are All Paul Watson:

THIS JUST BROKE TWO MINUTES AGO VIA TWITTER: @AnimalsHaveValu@KarmaVegan23 "30 minutes ago a US Coast Guard Ice Breaker dispatched to help stranded whales in Hudson Bay, Quebec, Canada!!!! :-)))" #USCG
 

Roxy H. (340)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:45 pm
Sea Shepherd on its way :D woot!
 

Dalia H. (1276)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:45 pm
Noted, signed, and shared! Thank You so much for sharing my Beloved Friend Rock H.
Dalia, You signed on January 9, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)
HAVE A VERY BLESSED NIGHT EVERYBODY!!!!
Much LOVE, Light, Peace
B.D♥
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:48 pm
Email sent to Kelly Strandmark at Kasco Marine asking them to help. Thanks Roxy for posting the link to the blog.
 

Julie E. (327)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:56 pm

And shared, shared and shared!
 

Roxy H. (340)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:57 pm
nice job Rock :D you got the Sea Shepherd coming
 

Carrie B. (303)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:57 pm
Done!
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:01 pm
Kasco Marine are bringing deicers to the whales in northern Quebec. They can get to La Grange Riviere Airport but needs transportation about 300 miles to the site.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (970)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:01 pm
Thanks Rock for posting this and to Gysele for making me aware of this worthy petition.
 

Roxy H. (340)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:02 pm
http://twitter.com/freedom4whales/status/289196239382257666/photo/1

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kasco-Marine-Inc/207536458010?group_id=0
 

Monika V. (404)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:04 pm
Signed and shared also outside Care2! Thanks Rock for bringing this to our attention!

Thanks Roxy for the infos and updates!

 

Vanessa Wolfe (28)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:08 pm
Signed, shared and sent email to DFO. Thank you Rock. It defies all logic that they are not already on their way, what is wrong with these people. I will never understand the defeatist mentality. No matter the cost their lives are worth the effort to at least try. The are highly intelligent and would be very aware of the plight.
 

BarbKnight SunshineLady (1634)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:10 pm
These 'GORGEOUS' animals have ANGELS watching over them! TY Rock! SO SIGNED!
 

Harshiita Sharma (139)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:12 pm
so signed.
 

Dana B. (133)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:12 pm
Gladly signed, thank you
 

Dianne Lynn Eakin (732)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:13 pm
gYSELE TY FOR THE FORWARD,I POSTED IN MY GROUPS AND SHARED--NOTED/SIGNED---TY
 

Michael Carney (207)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:16 pm
Noted, and gladly signed, will forward...Thanks Gysele!!!
 

Judy C. (106)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:18 pm
Signed. Thanks Rock.
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:19 pm
The US Coast Guard ice breaker is still unconfirmed. The last word for USCG is that they were waiting for an official request from the Canadian government and the DFO says they have not been told an ice breaker has been sent.
 

Laurie H. (693)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:29 pm
Thank you Rock and Gysele for the forward. Signed and Shared----I hope the follow up will bring us good news~~~ Will pray~~~
 

naomi cohen (60)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:31 pm
thank you gysele and rock. signed, shared and praying.
 

Judy B. (58)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:41 pm
Signed, thanks for the info. Hoping they are helped soon.
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:49 pm
CNN has picked up the story , now if nothing is done the whole world well hear about it.
 

Laura H. (876)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:52 pm
Done.
Hoping and praying...
 

Erin R. (170)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:58 pm
done
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:58 pm
You can also send an email directly to the Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Canada urging him to take action immediately:

The Honourable Keith Ashfield
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 

John B. (215)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:02 pm
Thanks Rock for the link and thank you Gysele for the heads up on the story and petition. Sign and noted.
 

Marie W. (64)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:09 pm
Signed and passed along.
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:19 pm
Situation worsens for orcas trapped by ice in Quebec
 

Julian Robert Gonzalez (112)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:30 pm
TY Gysele for sharing. S&N
Funny in hospital I watched Big Miracle movie about whales in the same situation.
 

Shawna S. (43)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:35 pm
noted and signed...thank you for bringing this to my attention :")
 

Constance F. (436)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:37 pm
Thank you everyone for all your info. previously s + s Beth's petition. emails sent to DFO and Keith Ashfield.
 

Nirvana Jaganath (26)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:37 pm
Signed and noted
 

Rock H. (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:48 pm
Even if an ice breaker is dispatched it will take tame to reach this site. Until then Petah Inukpuk, Mayor of Inukjuak reports they need our help. They will be setting up an account in the morning for funds to be donated to. They need assistance financially. This is a town of 1800 people, the trapped orcas are some 38KM from the town. They are planning on going out tomorrow to begin chainsawing ice away and making the hole bigger. It was about 30 x 30 feet and now it is quite smaller. They feel that they need to keep the hole open until help does arrive. They need gas, generators, chainsaws, warmth, food and water for their efforts to keep them alive.

It sounds like the orcas are on their own until the morning. The report on an ice breaker on the way appears to be false.
 

Valerie H. (134)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:49 pm
Thank you, signed
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (277)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:49 pm
Signed
 

Lydia S. (172)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:50 pm
Signed, I hope something , somehow saves them .
 

Frans Badenhorst (547)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:59 pm
signed, noted, shared... I really hope all our voices are heard and that an icebreaker is already on it's way...
 

. (3)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 9:42 pm
Noted, already signed. I hope the icebreaker makes it in time. Thanks Roxy and Rock.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 9:57 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks Rock. Hope they get there in time to save those poor creatures!
 

Veronica C. (42)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 9:58 pm
signed
 

NICKY MELVILLE (115)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 10:10 pm
Signed and noted and will pass on to friends. Thanks Rock and thank to Fran who passed this on to me. I DO so hope they will be saved !!!
 

LaurenAWAY Kozen (153)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 10:13 pm
Noted, Signed & Shared. Thanks Rock.
 

Mary R. (247)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 10:23 pm
Thank you. Signed and shared.
 

Jessie Dijkstra (42)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 10:24 pm
that sucks :( signed noted and shared
 

Julia R. (287)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 10:31 pm
Noted, Signed & Shared petition! Also sent an email to the DFO. Hope we can get them out there in time to save these beautiful whales from such a horrible fate! Thanks Rock for posting and Gysele for the forward!
 

Ruth catchin up M. (252)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 10:37 pm
Signed & noted
 

Joan M. (1091)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 11:12 pm
Signed & Noted. Thanks Rock
 

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 11:14 pm
Noted and signed with hope.
 

Gabriela V. (156)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 11:25 pm
done
 

Roxy H. (340)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 11:27 pm
Does anyone not remember our amazing friend Claudia? from care2? we raised her, like you all raised me? gsve her the strength and courage to send her out on to the boat with paul watson? on the sea shepherd? like you sent me out with the arctic and the wolves? and rc dewinter with disney? hello? care2 has family coming to save them whales...trust me
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 11:28 pm
Already signed, thanks Rock.
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 11:29 pm
Signed and noted.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 11:52 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks.
 

Susan Allen (221)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 11:54 pm
Signed and shared.
 

Michael M. (58)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 12:01 am
With a voice, we watch.
 

Victoria Pohrebna (269)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 12:01 am
Victoria, You signed on January 10, 2013.
 

Natasha Salgado (511)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 12:10 am
Signed,thanks. Come on now you Canuks quit dragging your butts.
 

Mike H. (217)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 12:18 am
Signed with hope. Thank you
 

Nimue P. (226)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 12:44 am
Thanks for the update. I just read that a curious polar bear came to see what was going on with the orcas and someone shot it and they divided up the meat. These people make me sick. The only reason they are not killing the orcas is they believe they don't taste good! Thank goodness for small mercies. I hope someone is really doing something to save them. Please don't let them die.
 

Liz Gillard (107)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:13 am
Noted and signed with hope in my heart for these beautiful creatures to be saved,how sad.Where can i send a donation to help? Thank you Rock and everyone who cares.Email sent.Is it true about a polar bear being shot just for being curious? Heartbreaking if so!!!!!!! Thank you Liz Xx
 

Carolyn P. (97)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:51 am
m2 S&N
 

Danuta Watola (1180)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:54 am
noted
 

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (48)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 2:07 am
S+N
 

Roxy H. (340)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 2:25 am
ya its true about the bear, thats why they didnt do anything about the whales, they didnt do anything about them, because they might have ate the seals, they were going to let the whales die there, its a great thing that Rock alerted everyone... there was some people on the story, but Rock got it really moving...Care2 got the story moving :) Woot, then Sea Shepherd got called in... the USA can't help unless Canada calls them in But the Sea Shepherd is international, they can move in all waters :)
 

Roxy H. (340)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 2:30 am
It will take a few hours.... when they start the De-icing it will hold them until the Sea Shepherd can move in, then they will break a path open... Those whales will be free tomorrow afternoon, keeping the hole open so they can breath overnight is the most critical until they can get a path for them to swim out...thats the move now... those people were going to just let them beautiful whales die there... ugh, I was furious when i seen that...as was everyone i can imagine... ugh blood boiling
 

Andrea Nemec (219)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:09 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!
 

desanka s. (379)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:49 am
All I can do is to sign the petition and to write an email. Sincerely hope these unfortunate orcas can be saved. The hole appeared to be shrinking in the freezing temperatures.

Thank you Rock and Frans for the forward.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:59 am
Signed, wrote an email and forwarded details to friends. I hope it's true the icebreaker is on the way - please let them be safe. Thank you Rock for the urgent message. I await the updates and donations info.
 

Tanya W. (44)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:06 am
Noted and signed!!! Saw their sad plight on the news tonight. I don't care what the ice breaker is currently doing - just do the right thing and send it to save these poor souls. We fight to save the whales from slaughter - well this is no different; save them now!!! The world is watching!!! Step up and be counted!!!
 

Rock H. (254)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:22 am
Par Paul Watson (Sea Shephard) about one hour ago:

The situation with the trapped Orcas in Northern Quebec is a tragic one but the only hope these whales have must come from the Canadian government. They have the resources. The United States Coast Guard is willing to help but they must be invited by the Canadian government and Canada has not done so.

For those asking that Sea Shepherd send a ship, please keep in mind we are three months away. All our ships are in the Southern Ocean. There may not be a Canadian or U.S. icebreaker in range but if there is, it is the only solution.

For those who say this is natural, I disagree. These animals are so stressed by lack of food caused by over fishing, global warming and pollution that they have been forced to venture further into unsafe waters just to survive. It is not the ice that is killing them, it is the situation we have created in our oceans that causes these disruptions. I fear that what may happen is what happened to a pod of narwals trapped a few years ago in the ice. The Canadian government's solution was to send in Inuit hunters to slaughter them. I wish with all my heart that I could do something to rescue them but I can't.

What we (Sea Shepard) can do however is to prevent the Japanese whaling fleet from killing 935 Minke whales, 50 Fin whales and 50 Humpback whales.
 

Yvonne F. (163)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:35 am
Horrible!!!! But I heard on the news that the Canadians will send some ice-breakers to rescue them. I hope that is true!!! Signed, of course!!! Thanks Rock for posting!
Fingers crossed!!
 

John S. (297)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:37 am
Signed and noted.
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:50 am
I am listening to the news now, local CBS in Chicago. Canada is sending experts to figure out how to save the orcas. I hope they will be freed safely.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:14 am
Signed & noted
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:38 am
signed and shared, thanks Rock
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:39 am
Signed
 

paul m. (93)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:47 am

Signed....
 

Val R. (230)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:48 am
N & S - hope it helps.
 

Cher Away Personal Msgs ONLY (1466)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:51 am



Thnx so much sweetie!!!

 

Rock H. (254)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 6:00 am

There is another Care2 petition getting attention on Facebook and Twitter that needs your signatures
Trapped Orcas - Inukjuak Quebec The DCO has still only promised a team to assess the situation. The ice breakers that are being currently sent are only tools not a ship. The orcas still need our voices to get a path to freedom opened for their escape
 

Lisa Neste (695)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 6:11 am
Lisa, You signed on January 10, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)
Saw & shared this on FB yesterday, thanks for posting Rock & Gysele for forwardiing!
 

Ana R (220)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 6:16 am
Done... with hope
Thank you.
 

Rock H. (254)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 6:18 am
Here is the latest update:
According to Johnny Williams from Northern Village of Inukjuak: The water has opened, however not all the way. The weather is now -25 and they are sending teams out to see how far the ice has opened. They are cutting holes in the ice now. The whales are not free yet, but they have more breathing space now.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 6:44 am
Thank you ~ signed
 

Thomas P. (468)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 6:56 am
Noted and signed...thanks. Thanks Gysele for forwarding to me.
 

Rock H. (254)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 7:04 am

The latest update says that the whales may now be free. This was reported by The Globe and Mail. We are still waiting confirmation from a larger news source
Killer whales free after being trapped by Hudson Bay ice
.
 

. (0)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 7:09 am
noted, signed and forwarded. Thanks Rock!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 7:11 am
Armand, You signed on January 10, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 7:23 am
noted + signed with hope
 

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 7:25 am
Noted and signed.
Thanks
 

Rock H. (254)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 7:37 am
This is the latest from the Mayor of Inukjuak:
We are not worldly people, and our education is not like most... Last night there was a new moon, and the currents in the water was activated and caused an opening all the way to open water. The whales are not trapped, and there is no new breathing hole. It is now up to them to survive, but they are indeed, gone.'
 

Sue H. (1)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 7:37 am
Noted and Signed, so sad.
 

Rock H. (254)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 7:44 am
The Canadian Press now reports that the water has opened up and the whale are gone Shifting sea ice frees trapped killer whales in northern Quebec: locals The credit goes to the strong winds and high tides, not help from the DFO
 

samantha l (0)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 7:53 am
Signed!
 

Roxy H. (340)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:00 am
merry meet
 

Patricia Cannell (748)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:11 am
Signed, noted and will pass along.
 

Amy E. (66)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:20 am
n/s
 

k n. (57)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:21 am
This is so sad-please send this info to others-we have to save these wonderful creatures!
 

Jacqueline Fonseca (29)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:23 am
Thanks Rock, I've signed with a message. Noted....
 

Michael T. (25)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:24 am
signed and shared!
 

Melania Padilla (173)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:33 am
Signed, shared, and noted!
 

tasunka m. (333)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:37 am
signed,although it looks like mother nature came to the rescue.
Usually not a fan of high winds and heavy seas,but for the orca they were nature's rescue,and it should make us humble,that with all the attempts of man, the earth just cured it with the moon.
What a wonderful ending.
Thanks Rock and Frans for the forward.
 

Lisa Zarafonetis (177)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:39 am
Signed & Shared.
 

Stella Gamboni (17)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:47 am
UPDATE ! ! ! It appears that the danger has been averted...

MONTREAL—A leader in a northern Quebec village says about a dozen killer whales that were trapped under sea ice appear to have reached safety as the floes shifted on Hudson Bay.

Tommy Palliser said two hunters from Inukjuak reported Thursday that the waters had opened up around the area where the cornered orcas had been bobbing frantically for air.

“They confirmed that the whales were no longer there and there was a lot of open water,” said Palliser, a business adviser with the regional government.

The animals’ predicament made international headlines and images of the orcas circulated via media around the world.

Locals say the mammals had been trapped around a single, pickup-truck-sized breathing hole for at least two days.

Palliser said the winds seemed to shift overnight, pushing the floating ice further away from the shore to open up the water.

“The wind started to pick up last night from the land, blowing into the bay,” he said.

“The winds certainly make a lot of difference in terms of the ice conditions.”
 

Danny AWAY M. (77)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 9:32 am
Signed. Thank you Rock!
 

Agnes Wojciechowska (152)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 9:37 am
done
 

Michela m. (3813)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 9:54 am
S&N
 

Gudrun D. (400)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 10:09 am
Signed - thanks Rock.
 

Valerie H. (134)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 10:14 am
Hurrah...just read the whales are free...ice flow winds changed...and they were able to escape!! A good news story this morning indeed!!
 

Mike M. (55)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 10:31 am
N&S
 

Debbie W. (113)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 10:50 am
Noted/Signed
 

DORIS L. (61)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 10:52 am
Signed and shared.
 

Elizabeth O. (88)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 10:55 am
Signed.
 

Bartlomiej T. (307)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 11:07 am
Signed of course! Thank you
 

paula eaton (30)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 11:08 am
Signed. Thanks Cal. Thanks to Roxy for the updates.
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 11:24 am
Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. I pray they do the right thing and save these magnificent whales. Thanks Rock
 

Ruth S. (314)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 11:48 am
Signed

Thank you Rock.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 12:00 pm
signed & noted
 

Genoveva M M. (331)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 12:08 pm
Signed, noted and shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks.
 

Debra B. (24)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 12:19 pm
Signed
 

kye j. (41)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 12:58 pm
Signed.Canada needs to get off its backside and help these whales
 

Lisa Neste (695)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:01 pm
Just reading updates that the whales are free!!! Awesome news YAY!!!!!! Thanks Rock & thanks to Stella too. :)
 

Rock H. (254)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:10 pm
Latest update says that a search by aircraft is still underway to confirm that the whales no longer need assistance.

They may have only moved into the Hudson Bay and are recovering, but still trapped for the winter. We are still waiting to learn that we can completely relax knowing they are safe.
 

Delia F. (30)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:32 pm
done
 

Terrie Williams (761)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:47 pm
Signed, noted, emailed and shared on FB. I hope they survive.
 

Betty Kelly (2)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:57 pm
Please help these orcas.
 

S G. (29)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:59 pm
noted and signed...
 

Rock H. (254)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 2:02 pm
We just heard from the Mayor who took part in the air flight search for the orcas:
"One more time... whales are gone. We saw duck, and a polar bear with two cubs... no sign of the once trapped orcas. 3.5 hours up in the plane, many open spaces of water for them to not only get out, but also give them the capacity to hunt. And, while things looked pretty frozen, when the currents changed last night, thing improved greatly."
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 2:13 pm
Thank you Stella G. and Rock H. for the updates...let's just hope ALL went well with the orcas.
 

Barbara Erdman (63)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 2:14 pm
Noted and signed Rock :-0 Tnx
 

Maureen C. (3)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:09 pm
They're free! The closest icebreaker was 10 days away, so the local Inuit were preparing a rescue op. with chainsaws to open holes in the ice, the way they rescued a couple of grey whales before; but the weather freed them first: news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/11-killer-whales-free-after-being-locked-in-ice-mayor-says
 

Kathy Chadwell (371)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:24 pm
The ice broke over night and all reports indicate that they are on their way to open ocean. This is a report from the plane. UPDATE : From Shari: Spoke to Petah, the mayor who was up in the plane during this ariel survey. One more time... whales are gone. They saw duck, and a polar bear with two cubs... no sign of the once trapped orcas. 3.5 hours up in the plane, many open spaces of water for them to not only get out, but also give them the capacity to hunt. And, while things looked pretty frozen, when the currents changed last night, things improved greatly. Thank you very much for signing the petition and thank god those beautiful mammals are on their way to freedom!! Namaste.
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:40 pm
Im sorry but i have to say it @Rock you ROCK!!!! LMAO i dont know who gets things done MORE you or my Roxy lol but i can tell you this much i both admire and highly respect you BOTH! You two know how to make things happen and im in awe! With you looking out for our whales and Roxy looking out for our Wolves and both of you looking out for ALL animals i feel so much better so much more hopeful its amazing what this my care2 family can accompliish when we all work together! Im so proud of you both and everyone else here on care2 for stepping up and speaking out TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THING HAPPEN!!!!
 

Mariette G. (147)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:45 pm
Great news that they are free! Thanks Rock!
 

Tal H. (8)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:46 pm
The ice broke over night and all reports indicate that they are on their way to open ocean. This is a report from the plane. UPDATE : From Shari: Spoke to Petah, the mayor who was up in the plane during this ariel survey. One more time... whales are gone. They saw duck, and a polar bear with two cubs... no sign of the once trapped orcas. 3.5 hours up in the plane, many open spaces of water for them to not only get out, but also give them the capacity to hunt. And, while things looked pretty frozen, when the currents changed last night, things improved greatly. Thank you very much for signing the petition and thank god those beautiful mammals are on their way to freedom!! Namaste.

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Esther Z. (101)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:57 pm
Happily noted. Very glad the whales will make it to the open ocean.
 

sierra d. (55)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:04 pm
lol
 

Vicky P. (462)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:11 pm
signed yesterday, noted
 

Mandy A. (93)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:52 pm
seen this on the world blog, nice job
 

Nimue P. (226)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:15 pm
Wonderful news. They are safe, no thanks to the government. Thanks Rock.
 

Tammy Taylor (11)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:27 pm
' DIVINE INTERVENTION '
 

Tammy Taylor (11)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:31 pm
' DIVINE INTERVENTION '
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:32 pm
What a relief!
 

Ruth R. (215)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:44 pm
Good news that they are free by this time.
 

Vicki P. (132)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 6:19 pm
Great news...thank-you
 

LMj Sunshine (121)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 7:02 pm
Wonderful they are free, thank you.
 

Lydia S. (172)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:44 pm
Excellent !
 

Kim O. (403)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 9:09 pm
Got here late but got the good news on the radio today. Hurrayyyyyyy!!! Thanks for the awesome job you did with this story, Rock!
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 9:11 pm
Oh Good!. What a relief. I always thought my local news was very late in reporting, but they actually stated that icebreakers were dispatched and the whales still trapped. This was tonight's evening news.
 

Tammy Taylor (11)
Friday January 11, 2013, 12:30 am
Lovely to see all the response that this call for help created and even better it looks like Mother Nature or a Divine Intervention took place here folks ...
 

Joy Wong (73)
Friday January 11, 2013, 1:56 am
Noted, Thank you. They are safe now.
 

paul m. (93)
Friday January 11, 2013, 2:48 am

Had signed,,,
 

paul m. (93)
Friday January 11, 2013, 2:55 am

Signed...
 

Liz Gillard (107)
Friday January 11, 2013, 3:18 am
So happy to hear the wonderful news of these beautiful creatures now free to swim in the ocean and enjoy their life,made my day!!!!!!! Thank you Rock you are an inspiration in all you do! Liz Xx
 

Edwin M. (366)
Friday January 11, 2013, 4:03 am
Thank you Rock and thank you Gysele for the forward, I am happy to see such a happy ending to this story
 

Ro H. (0)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:04 am
resolved
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Friday January 11, 2013, 6:15 am
Excellent news this morning. The orcas are gone.
 

Natasha Salgado (511)
Friday January 11, 2013, 7:37 am
URGENT UPDATE FOR EVERYONE...THE ORCAS ARE FREED AND IN THE OPEN SEA AGAIN!!!!! Check it out on the internet or if Canadian you probably already know the great news too.
 

Silvia Gonzalez (32)
Friday January 11, 2013, 8:20 am
Great news.
 

Esther Lance (81)
Friday January 11, 2013, 10:21 am
Whales are free and happy and I'm happy too, for them.
Noted!
 

Kate A. (10)
Friday January 11, 2013, 11:28 am
S/N, thank u for posting
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday January 11, 2013, 11:48 am
Signed with Hope!!
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday January 11, 2013, 11:49 am
Signed with Hope!!
 

Ralph F. (64)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:02 pm
Glad to hear the GREAT news!
 

Donnaa D. (12)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:17 pm
gtsigned n shared
 

Sandi C. (237)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:20 pm
great news.
 

Donnaa D. (12)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:20 pm
theyre free, thank god their free folks ha ha ha, am over the moon
 

kathleen benbow (3)
Friday January 11, 2013, 7:41 pm
Thank you!
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday January 11, 2013, 7:46 pm
thamls
 

Sandra M Z. (114)
Friday January 11, 2013, 8:38 pm
Wonderful that the wind arrived!

Mother Nature, Thank you.

Noted Rock, Thank you for your efforts getting the word out, I was a few days behind........
 

Linda Jarsky (0)
Friday January 11, 2013, 8:41 pm
"Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind."
–Albert Schweitzer
 

Robin T. (14)
Friday January 11, 2013, 9:26 pm
Mother nature to the rescue. Great news and without having to burn a few tons of fossil fuel So double the good news.
 

John Gregoire (257)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:55 am
Nature solved the crisis!
 

Vanessa B. (1)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 10:49 am
yah!!! They think they've already made it out.
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 1:09 pm
Thanks.
Noted
 

Yulan Lawson (156)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 2:23 pm
I couldn't sign, but thanks for the heads up.
 

Beverly G. (129)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:41 pm
dune. so glad thems free.
 

federico bortoletto (32)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:12 am
Grazie Rock notato ma non sono riuscito a firmare.
 

Nancy C. (797)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 9:05 am
yes, heard the good news on fb...thanx Rock
 

monka blanke (74)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 12:39 pm
wanted to sign, but the ice broke in the meantime, good for the whales !!
 

Krystal R. (123)
Monday January 14, 2013, 6:04 am
This was like the most wierdest story ever! Has anyone been watching this thing on the media? well, my mom has had the team trying to track a story to post for a nice thread line on this thang..erps and b'gosh its the oddest of all things..they got it all fumbled up. On the open media, they have it as a whale of a tale". So, then the team blogs on a few stories and some people actually try to take credit, and greenpeace, (who is working WITH enbridge!)...used the story and said it was only made up to PROMOTE their movie...some movie coming out about whales caught in the ice...AND by DAMN! It was a similiar story! But ROCK's was soooo much better! ...until finally we found 1... yes 1...out of the whole internet...we found 1! sooo...yes there is one...my mom has it..please remind her if she forgets to give it to you. I am 2 weeks away from my due date =} My mom is nesting for me roflmaooooo for real!
 

Petra M. (252)
Monday January 14, 2013, 5:02 pm
Great news!
 

Sylvie Bermannova (39)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 3:28 pm
Thank you for spreading the word about this critical situation, which now seems to have a happy ending. I am greatly relieved to receive the latest news according to which the orcas are out of danger now. May they be safe and in peace!
 

Farah Hage Ali (156)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 5:04 am
noted, thank you for the good news
 

Anastasia J. (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 4:45 pm
Noted, and happy to see the orcas have apparently found their way out! Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:19 am
Thanks for sharing.
 
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