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Pod of Killer Whales Trapped in Sea Ice in Northern Quebec: VIDEO


A pod of approximately a dozen killer whales has become trapped under sea ice with a breathing hole only several dozen feet across near the nothern Quebec village of Inukjuak. The situation appears dire.

The mayor of Inukjuak is calling for an icebreaker for help but it's unclear if it can help them in time.

Mayor Peter Inukpuk urged the Canadian government Wednesday to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to crack open the ice and help them find open water. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it is sending officials to assess the situation.

"Fisheries and Oceans Canada is assessing the situation and are exploring every possible option, but will only be in a position to determine what - if anything - can be done once our specialists arrive on site," spokesman Frank Stanek said in a statement

A hunter first spotted the pod of about a dozen trapped whales Tuesday at the hole, which is on the eastern shore of the Hudson Bay. Inukjuak is about 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) north of Montreal.

I hope someone helps these beautiful animals. They are obviously desperate for any break they can get.

Watch the incredible video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Step One: rent Big Miracle starring Drew Barrymore.

    Step Two: Duplicate, without the fromage.

    Posted by: KDNA | Jan 9, 2013 10:34:14 PM

  2. Step one: Let them die for the stupid choices that allowed them to get stuck in the first place and stop thinking humans and their dumb sentimental whims are more important than the processes of natural selection that allowed them to exist in the first place.

    Step two: There is no step two. There IS NO STEP TWO!! :D

    Posted by: Blake | Jan 9, 2013 10:40:03 PM

  3. This makes me so sad. I really hope they can be saved.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Jan 9, 2013 10:44:06 PM

  4. If only the world were a few degrees warmer, these things wouldn't happen.

    Posted by: Flint | Jan 10, 2013 12:15:32 AM

  5. Blake - you're a moron!

    Posted by: Aldora Fritz | Jan 10, 2013 12:37:42 AM

  6. So this is the "Global Warming" ... the hoax they "must" tax us for

    Posted by: Sarah | Jan 10, 2013 12:57:40 AM

  7. Yes, to hear the Global Warming people talk the people in the north should be basking in the sun drinking margaritas’ on the beaches as all the northern ice is supposed to be about gone.

    Posted by: thacap | Jan 10, 2013 1:06:41 AM

  8. Did you Global Warming Deniers even bother reading this story? It's 900 miles NORTH of Montreal! That's almost the arctic! And it's January...

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 10, 2013 1:11:48 AM

  9. Who would you rather have as a friend: Blake or ARIESMATT? Gee, that is such a difficult question. LOL !!!

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 10, 2013 1:23:22 AM

  10. @Sarah & THACAP: You might want to ask the people of Australia your questions.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 10, 2013 1:26:06 AM

  11. Due to public outcries here in Canada the Feds are sending help in as of today. Killer Whales are not common in this part of the country so that is probably why they are trapped. Go online to either CBC or CTV to watch the story.

    Posted by: Darrell | Jan 10, 2013 3:57:07 AM

  12. Odd that this post would incite the stupidest, most heartless comments I've seen here, and I have seen a few.

    Posted by: melvin | Jan 10, 2013 5:12:59 AM

  13. I have to agree(mostly)with Blake. The animals are beyond their usual northern range. Whether they chose to be there or became confused is unfortunate, but their deaths would be a natural event. There's nothing "heartless" about admitting that. Our human emotions are aroused, of course.

    Remember the grand hoopla a few years ago when two actual whales were trapped in ice and hundreds of people descended on the scene to help, including ice breakers? I thought then that it would have been better for the locals to be left alone to harvest an unexpected bounty of food. And I've always suspected that the freed animals fell prey to a lurking Japanese factory ship that transformed them into product for THEIR home market.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jan 10, 2013 9:58:04 AM

  14. Let natural selection and nature take its course! The Canadian Government, my government does not need to be spending money on this!

    Posted by: Joe | Jan 10, 2013 10:07:50 AM

  15. The media are reporting that the whales are now free and have made it to the open sea. Shifting winds moved the ice, opened more air holes, and allowed the whales to get to open sea.

    Thanks to all the commenters for reminding me that Towleroad has the most vile and and deranged commenters in the gay blogosphere. And this is true of the commenting on any topic.

    Posted by: Tim | Jan 10, 2013 10:24:15 AM

  16. The reported outcome was done by shifting winds, natural forces, without human intervention. Great. That's the way it should be.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jan 10, 2013 11:53:10 AM

  17. Gregory Brown:

    I hope you take the same approach the next time you get seriously ill. Please write in and let us know how it goes!

    Posted by: Tim | Jan 10, 2013 2:18:40 PM

  18. They must have been in a panic to have to surface that frequently. Poor critters.

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 10, 2013 3:24:51 PM

  19. I am so happy they are ok. Very upsetting to see this morning I am overjoyed!!!!

    Posted by: randy bernard | Jan 10, 2013 3:44:02 PM

  20. I don't understand Tim's comment. Does he seriously think there's no difference between necessary compassion for people and misplaced concerns about wild animals?
    I would be more alarmed about elephants and rhinos being slaughtered for ivory and supposedly rejuvenating horns. THAT is not a natural situation.
    There's something seriously amiss here.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jan 10, 2013 5:08:11 PM

  21. I saw the film last year from the 70's where whales were trapped. Hopefully these will be saved!!

    Posted by: billmiller | Jan 10, 2013 7:36:52 PM

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