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Pod of Killer Whales That Were Trapped in Sea Ice Now Free


A pod of killer whales that had been trapped under sea ice in northern Quebec are now free, according to the town's mayor. The whales had been frantically surfacing for air through a small hole in the ice.

Some good news from the North, via NBC News:

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 marine mammals had been trapped in was empty, said Petah Inukpuk, mayor of Inukjuak, a remote 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 were freed overnight. “It was mother nature that helped them. ... They are no longer icelocked.”

I've reposted the video of the trapped whales shot yesterday, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. this news made my day, gotta love mother nature

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jan 10, 2013 1:58:34 PM

  2. Made my day, too.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 10, 2013 2:12:54 PM

  3. Thanks Andy. After seeing your original post on this, I was looking for an update. Great news!

    Posted by: Rik | Jan 10, 2013 2:34:55 PM

  4. free to haunt my dreams...

    Posted by: at | Jan 10, 2013 2:43:00 PM

  5. I am SO happy to hear this..I was sick to my stomach this morning when I read they were trapped.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 10, 2013 4:09:15 PM

  6. Not real sure I'd want to be that guy standing on the edge of a hole in the ice with a pod of hungry killer whales a few feet away!

    Posted by: Walt | Jan 10, 2013 7:42:12 PM

  7. Great news!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jan 10, 2013 10:28:49 PM

  8. Blake must be so sad that the whales didn't die for their "sins".

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 11, 2013 10:08:38 AM

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