Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Killer whales trapped in Canada ice freed
by Staff Writers
Ottawa (AFP) Jan 10, 2013

Hold the icebreaker! Eleven killer whales facing imminent danger after getting trapped by ice in Hudson Bay on Canada's Arctic shore managed to free themselves Thursday.

"Mother Nature freed them," Peter Inukpuk, mayor of Inukjuak, told AFP, explaining that the new moon overnight had shifted currents and swept the two adult whales and nine smaller ones into open waters.

Video posted on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's website on Wednesday had showed the giant sea mammals trapped, taking turns to breathe by popping up through a small patch of open water amid fields of white ice.

Tommy Palliser, from the small Inuit village of Inukjuak, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from where the whales were trapped, had said the hole was shrinking, threatening the whales with suffocation.

The Canadian federal government had planned to send a team of experts on Thursday to investigate whether and how the whales can be saved.

Inukpuk had previously called for the government to send an icebreaker to create a route for the whales to open water.

It should be possible, he told CBC, saying the Hudson Bay had only frozen over two days earlier and the ice is "not thick, thick as in previous years."

He told the public broadcaster the whales had appeared to be aware of their predicament.

"It appears from time to time that they panic," he said.

"Other times they are gone for a long time, probably looking for another open space, which they are not able to find."

But a department of fisheries official said it would be costly and complicated to send an icebreaker -- since the ships with reinforced hulls are being used extensively and are not nearby.

And even if one was sent, it may not have arrived in time.


Related Links
Follow the Whaling Debate

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Scientists Use Marine Robots to Detect Endangered Whales
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Jan 10, 2013
Two robots equipped with instruments designed to "listen" for the calls of baleen whales detected nine endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine last month. The robots reported the detections to shore-based researchers within hours of hearing the whales (i.e., in real time), demonstrating a new and powerful tool for managing interactions between whales and human activities. ... read more

Obama signs $9.7 bn aid bill for Sandy victims

Obama considers broad arms sales restrictions: report

Fukushima 'unprecedented challenge': new Japan PM

Natural catastrophes caused $160 bn in damage: Munich Re

LEON: the space chip that Europe built

Counting the twists in a helical light beam

Oscillating Gel Gives Synthetic Materials the Ability to "Speak"

Cloud computing expands in Latin America

Baby sharks stay still to avoid being detected by predators

Genetics clues to survival of coral reef

Waterfall-climbing fish use same mechanism to climb waterfalls and eat algae

Rural Demand for Better Water Driving Mobile Water Treatment Growth In Asia Pacific

A new approach to assessing future sea level rise from ice sheets

A New Way to Study Permafrost Soil, Above and Below Ground

Bering Sea study finds prey density more important to predators than biomass

Fiennes sails for Antarctica on first winter crossing bid

Bugs need symbiotic bacteria to exploit plant seeds

KFC draws China customers despite food scare

Corn could help farmers fight devastating weed

German diners feast on 'trash' to cut waste

Russian volcano erupting with gas, ash

Rains bring flood havoc, drought relief to desert Jordan

7.5-magnitude quake hits off Alaska, triggers local tsunami

Stormy weather, heavy rains lash Israel, Palestinians

Zambia bans lion, leopard hunting

No C.Africa deal in sight as rebels demand president quit

NATO says no Mali plans, Compaore urges talks

Central Africa peace talks begin in Gabon

Eliminating useless information important to learning, making new memories

Tech world crawling into the crib

Promising compound restores memory loss and reverses symptoms of Alzheimer's

Dopamine-receptor gene variant linked to human longevity

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement