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Clock Ticking to Free Trapped Killer Whales in Canada
VOA News. (January 10, 2013). Clock ticking to free trapped killer whales in Canada. VOA NEWS. Retrieved from http://www.voanews.com/content/time_running_out_to_free_trapped_killer_whales_in_canada/1581486.html
A northern Canada community is seeking help in freeing about a dozen killer whales - or Orcas - trapped under a vast stretch of sea ice in the eastern Hudson Bay.
Locals in the village of Inukjuak in the Canadian province of Quebec say the mammals have gathered around a single hole in the ice, slightly bigger than a pickup truck, in a desperate bid to get oxygen.
Mayor Peter Inukpuk urged the Canadian government on Wednesday to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to crack open the ice and help them find open water.
The French news agency AFP reports the Canadian government is sending a team of experts Thursday to investigate whether and how the whales can be saved.
A hunter first spotted the pod of about a dozen trapped whales at the hole on Tuesday.
Dozens of villagers have made the one-hour snowmobile ride to see the unusual spectacle.
Inukpuk believes the recent sudden drop in temperature caught the Orcas off guard, leaving them boxed in under the ice.
The Orcas - Listening Comprehension
- The other name for killer whales is orcas.
- The articles says that about 12( a dozen) orcas are trapped under a large sheet of ice in eastern Hudson Bay, Canada.
- The whales have gathered around a whole the size of a truck in order to get air.
- The mayor of Inukjuak asked the Canadian government to send an icebreaker.
- The mayor wants to use the icebreaker to crack the ice and allow the orcas find open water.
- The Canadian government is sending a team of experts to investigate the problem and how the whales can be saved.
- From the village, it takes one hour to get to the whales by snowmobile.
- It is believed that the sudden decrease in temperature surprised the whales and they had no time to find open water.