North East Wind Frees Whales

By Kirsten Massebeau

Ariel view of the orca trapped under ice.

Ariel view of the orca trapped under ice.

The Whales trapped for several days in Hudson Bay, Canada under ice are now gone! Apparently the NE wind blew, and a new moon changed the tide moving  the ice, allowing the whales to exit. According to the city Mayor:

Killer Whales Trapped In Hudson Bay Are GONE.

Petah, Mayor of Inukjuak, Quebec just a colleague to let all of us know, what was happening and I quote:

‘We are not worldly people, and our education is not like most… Last night there was a new moon, and the currents in the water was activated and caused an opening all the way to open water. The whales are not trapped, and there is no new breathing hole. It is now up to them to survive, but they are indeed, gone.” (source)

Social Media activists celebrate as they wait for ariel conformation but as of now the whales are gone. This cetacean emergency demonstrates the power of social media to help in emergencies and make change. Many people were ready to spring into action. A big thanks to the people of Inukjuak, Quebec for reaching out for the orcas and Kasco Marine Inc. for coming forward and volunteering to help the whales.

Update 2:30 Pacific

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. He is very greatful to all who stood ready to help with the effort and feels better prepared to address this in the future. Thanks to everyone from the Inukjuak community to the online community for their support.

4 thoughts on “North East Wind Frees Whales

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