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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:12 AM

11 killer whales free after being 'locked' in ice, mayor says

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/10/16437371-11-killer-whales-free-after-being-locked-in-ice-mayor-says?lite

Updated at 10:55 a.m. ET: Eleven killer whales that were “locked in” by ice in a Canadian bay, with only a small area of open water for them to surface, are now apparently free, possibly due to a change in current that helped break open a path to the sea, the mayor of a nearby village said Thursday.

Two scouts sent to check on the killer whales around 8 a.m. local time found a passage of water had been created in Hudson Bay all of the way to the open sea – nearly 25 miles away -- and the ice hole that the animals had been trapped in was empty, said Petah Inukpuk, mayor of Inukjuak, an Inuit village home to 1,800, in Quebec.

“They are free. They are no longer here. When there is a new moon, the water current is activated it could have helped … completely trap them but in this case it caused an open passage out to the open water,” he told NBC News, adding that they probably freed themselves overnight. “It was mother nature that helped them.”

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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:18 AM

1. Right ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:19 AM

2. I know! Right!

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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:19 AM

3. Great news!

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Response to warrior1 (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:00 PM

4. Thanks for posting that!!

I was up half the night praying for them!! It made me cry so hard empathizing about them drowning, and it's been so cold that I was afraid that the subzero temps were very threatening. Whew!



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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:37 PM

5. Great news!

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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:38 PM

6. Thanks

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Response to warrior1 (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:43 PM

7. I highly doubt they've made it to safety...just further away from the village.

The vast majority of Hudson's Bay is fully iced up and will be completely iced within a couple of weeks. There is no escape north to Hudson Strait as that is fully iced up. From the village to open ocean at the mouth of Hudson Strait is well over 1200 km. Unfortunately, I think we will be getting reports of their carcass' washing ashore come spring.

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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:56 PM

8. I almost missed this


Should have been posted in LBN.

K&R!

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