Saturday, January 12, 2013

11 Killer Whales Swim To Freedom After Being Trapped By Ice



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On Wednesday morning, 11 killer whales were discovered trapped in ice, off the coast of the small Inuit village of Inukjuak.

Image by Marina Lacasse / AP

A local hunter discovered the orcas, two of which were adults, with nine younger whales.

Image by Maggie Okituk / Reuters


The 11 whales were confined in a space of about 30 feet by 30 feet, which they used as an opening for a breathing hole.

Image by Maggie Okituk / Reuters

The whales began to panic, trying to find open water, but were unable to, being surrounded completely by ice.

Image by The Canadian Press, Marina Lacasse / AP

Typically an icebreaker ship would be brought in to free the whales, but the closest crew was 36-hours away.

Image by Maggie Okituk / Reuters

Villagers of Inukjuak held a public meeting and decided to cut a half mile of holes for the whales to travel through, on the way to open water.

Image by Maggie Okituk / Reuters

Villagers were prepared to use chainsaws to break holes and propellers to warm the ice, but a shift in current broke the ice naturally, allowing the orcas to escape.

Image by Marina Lacasse / AP

Bye whale family!

Image by Marina Lacasse / AP



[Sources: CNN, NBC News]