- Ariel view of the orca trapped under the ice at Hudson Bay, Alaska
A pod of approximately 12 killer whales continues to be trapped under the ice off Hudson Bay, Alaska. The whales were first spotted on Tuesday by a local Inukjuak resident. Inukjuak’s have appealled to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans but as of yet no icebreaker has been dispatched:
Locals in Inukjuak are reporting that the mammals are gathering around one hole in the ice in a desperate bid to get oxygen.
Mayor Peter Inukpuk is urging the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to make additional holes in the ice to save the animals.(source)
Inukjuak held a town meeting and tomorrow they will be setting up a donation link:
They will be setting up an account in the morning and Petah Inukpuk, Mayor of Inukjuak will be calling back with the information on where to donate.
They need assistance financially. This is a town of 1800 people, the trapped orcas are some 38KM from the town.
They are planning on going out tomorrow to begin chainsawing ice away and making the hole bigger. It was about 30 x 30 feet and now it is quite smaller. They feel that they need to keep the hole open until help does arrive.
So, they need gas, generators, and chainsaws…. and I am sure warmth, food and water. I will make a page tomorrow to launch a campaign. (source)
Another ray of hope for the whales was announced today. Kasco Marine Inc. the company involved in freeing the humpback whales featured in the film, “The Big Miracle” have volunteered to help the whales. They desperately need help with equipment and supplies. De-Icers and bubblers are just two of the items on their list.
Please contact Kasco Marine and find out what you can do to help the trapped orcas
715-262-4488 x 100
Please keep checking Kasco’s Facebook Page and join the Twitter campaign to bring the situation to public attention, (use the hashtags #SaveQuebecWhales and #BigMiracle in your Tweets on this).
- Killer whales trapped by ice near Inukjuak, Que. (cbc.ca)
- Orcas trapped in ice fighting to survive in northern Quebec (grindtv.com)
- Community prays for trapped killer whales with icebreaker rescue out of reach (timescolonist.com)
I dont believe that they are completely free… DId a chopper follow the pod to ensure that they have come back up in a different area?
Funny the Govt officials went out yesterday and today suddenly the wind shifted? Anyone got any video?
Final update on the Orcas from Kenneth Rust of Kastco Marine: Mayor says they took a twin otter up and covered grid 30 miles by 40 miles. Confirming what scouts found this morning, that a large path and many holes, some the size of football fields, were created. He feels 100% confident that the whales were able to exit the area.
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why has nothing been done to save this amazing pod – the alert was given 2 days ago when an icebreaker should have been sent out right away 2 DAYS AGO!!!!!!??? why is the situation still ongoing Does Canada care at all? any other country would be dealing with this right now – for God’s sake save these Orca’s otherwise its murder!
The wind blew from the NE and now the whales are free!
I am in Australia. Is there anything we here can do to help?
The Wind Blew from the NE and the ice moved! The Whales are free!!