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12 KILLER WHALES HAVE BEEN TRAPPED IN THE HUDSON BAY AREA IN QUEBEC, CANADA. WE ARE PETITIONING THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND DFO TO SEND OUT ICEBREAKERS TO FREE THEM
INFO ON WHALES:
From CBS News Brief
A dozen killer whales trapped in the ice about 30 kilometres off the coast of Inukjuak, Que., could be in imminent danger, as a local Inuk who visited them late Wednesday afternoon said the small patch of open water which the whales are sharing is already shrinking.
The DFO's Letendre said her department's team of experts is evaluating the situation, looking at the number and health of the whales, the state of the ice and the proximity of the whales to open water.Sending in icebreakers might be one option, Letendre said, but it's an expensive one that could prove logistically difficult.
"Presently, the icebreakers are really busy with the ice conditions that we have in other regions of our country," Letendre said. "In the Quebec region, the icebreakers are working on the Saint Lawrence River. Just this week, three commercial ships were stuck in the ice in the Matane area."
Sending in icebreakers would likely take a political decision, Ramp suggested, and in any case, they might arrive too late.
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.
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