According to alarming news reports, approximately a dozen orca whales have been stranded and trapped for days in the middle of the frozen Hudson Bay on the North Shore of Québec in Canada. Unable to swim to safety, the orcas are hovering beneath the ice near a tiny breathing hole, thrashing about as they compete to breach the surface for a breath of air. Without official intervention, the orcas will exhaust themselves and drown. PETA offered Fisheries and Oceans Canada officials tips about how to help these animals, but we were given no indication that a rescue attempt is currently underway.

In similar incidents, trapped whales have been rescued by opening air holes in the ice using saws or ice-breaking vessels.

Please implore officials to do everything possible to rescue these animals—and forward this message widely!

Polite comments can be directed to:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Québec Region
418-648-4758 (fax)
[email protected]

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
North Shore Area
418-962-1044 (fax)

If you are currently in the province of Québec, please also call:
Marine Mammal Emergency Response

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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