28 Dec '11, 6am

Update: Sad News For Trapped Beluga Whales

Update: Sad News For Trapped Beluga Whales

News about the rescue mission to save 100 Beluga whales trapped off Russia’s Far Eastern Peninsula of the Bering Sea took a turn for the worse on Monday. Emergency services reported they were suspending the operation because of bad weather. Officials said the tug boat that was sent by Russia’s Emergencies Minister to break through the ice and free the whales was unable to make it through the thick ice floes leading to the spot where the whales are trapped. It returned to a nearby port to refuel and wait for the weather to calm down. “If the weather and ice conditions in the area improve, the operation may continue,” said spokesperson Lubomir Mukha . The Belugas were discovered on December 14 by local hunters. A wide belt of ice that is 30 to 50 feet thick is surrounding the whales, making it impossible for them to swim to the open sea. Holes in the ice have allowed the lar...

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