TORONTO – A group of 12 Orcas have been captured under a thick sheet of ice north of Canada. Locals have called in outside help to free the whales from their deathtrap.
NDJ World | Published: Jan 10 2013 North America→World News
The Orcas are gathered around an opening in the ice, about the size of a pickup truck, in order to breathe. Without that air-hole, the Killer whales probably would have drowned already.
An eyewitness said “the Orcas are frantically scattering about fighting to get air from a hole that’s really only big enough for two of them, not 12.”
Peter Inukpuk, mayor of the town Inukjuak, northern Quebec, is pleading with the Canadian government to send an icebreaker as quickly as possible, allowing the whales to return to open waters.
Official of Canada’s Department of fisheries and oceans, responded saying they will first send a team of delegates to ‘investigate’ the situation.
The town of Inukjuak is about 900 miles north of Montreal. Inukpuk fears that the Orcas won’t survive, unless something is done quickly to free them. “Sending a delegate first is working backwards,” he said.
The trapped Orcas appear to be in distress and the hole is reportedly shrinking in the freezing temperatures.
Locals believe the sudden drop in temperatures probably caught the Orcas off guard and trapped them in thick ice.
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