10 Jan '13, 3pm

Updated my article: Orcas free after being trapped in ice in Quebec

Updated my article: Orcas free after being trapped in ice in Quebec

A video about the plight of 11 killer whales trapped in the ice in Hudson Bay went viral this week, but as the world demanded quick action to free them, they managed to escape on their own. The whale pod had been trapped in a tiny area of water surrounded by unbreakable ice at least six miles from open water, CNN reports . The whales' swimming area was only about 30 feet by 30 feet, and they were sharing a single breathing whole about the size of a truck. The whales normally move further south at this time of year, before Arctic ice closes off their escape route. The bay froze at some point on Monday, much later than usual. It appears that the pod consisted of two adults and nine younger whales, possibly all from the same family. Local villagers had been working to increase the size of the ice hole. An icebreaker vessel could have theoretically cleared a path for the whale...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/videos/orcas-fre...

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