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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:16 PM

This is so horribly sad

and it really sucks...

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http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/50613/orcas+trapped+in+ice+fighting+to+survive+in+northern+quebec/

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Response to 2naSalit (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:13 PM

1. It's just like what happened in '88

(made into the recent movie, "Big Miracle".)

I hope someone can figure out a solution - quickly.




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Response to emmadoggy (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:58 AM

2. Amazingly

this morning, Thursday, there were numerous reports that they were gone. According to the village mayor, the new moon brought a shift in current and the ice opened up and they made a break for open water! The villagers were preparing to go out and make new holes in the ice for them for as long as they could, while waiting for the possibility that an ice breaker could come and help. though the nearest one was said to be ten days away.

I have been in a several month long deeply spiritual program, for personal reasons, and this had me so upset that I stayed up late praying for them to somehow be spared the horrible death they faced, that somehow the water would open up for them... I'm sure I was not alone in praying and chanting for them but I think that all the prayers and chanting may have had something to do with it. I hope they made it to safety and are able to get out of the bay.

I read one story that said that a pod of Orcas were trapped in ice near Japan a few years back and they didn't survive. These villagers were quite ready to go out there and keep breathing holes open for the duration, some mentioned that they considered making holes along a route to the sea if they had to. I heard about the movie that was made about the Grey Whales that were trapped in the north Pacific. I hope I never hear about another pod of these magnificent beings having such problems. It's not like there are enough of them in the first place.

I hope to hear in weeks to come that they made it to open water safely and the whole pod intact. Won't know until someone spots them again. Meanwhile, I'll still chant and pray for them.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:07 PM

3. Wow! That is hopeful news!

I hope they are ok.

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Response to emmadoggy (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:56 PM

4. Me too

A CBC report, from 7:30pm last night, said that they made it out of the area but until they are seen again, nobody will know for certain what their fate actually turns out to be. There was a slight warming over the bay the last couple days but another arctic wave is headed that way, it's already hitting here in Montana... only single digits today with clouds to hold in the cold or warmth, however you look at it. If it were clear, it could be much colder! We had a week of -22F at the beginning of the year.

I'm looking forward to more good news about the Orcas though, and still keeping a private vigil.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:31 PM

5. As I said in another thread

It's unlikely they will survive. It's 1200 km to open water outside the Hudson Strait. Very little of Hudson Bay remains open (Canadian Ice Services has it fully enclosed) and there are still a couple of months of freeze coming to the Bay. Unfortunately, these whales will wash ashore as carcass' come spring.

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