Inuit people call for Canadian government to send icebreaker to free pod of mammals that are struggling to surface for air
UPDATE:Killer whales free after being trapped by Hudson Bay ice 

Canadian Inuit people and authorities are attempting to help a pod of killer whales trapped in the sea ice of Hudson Bay.

The mayor of the remote Inuit community of Inukjuak, Quebec, is calling on the government to send an icebreaker to save the panicking mammals, who are taking turns breathing through a hole in the ice about the size of a pick-up truck in the frigid waters.

"They are trapped," mayor Peter Inukpuk told CBC radio on Wednesday. "It appears from time to time that they panic. Other times they are gone for a long time, probably looking for another open space, which they are not able to find at the moment."

He said a hunter first spotted the whales on Tuesday. There were 11 whales, including several small ones, which could mean they are all from the same family.

Inukpuk said it was unusual to see the killer whales in the area in January but that the waters were late to freeze this year. The mayor said he had asked the Canadian government to send an icebreaker as their community of 1,800 people was not equipped to save the whales.

The Canadian government's fisheries and oceans department is sending specialists to the site to determine what, if anything, can be done, according to Frank Stanek, a spokesman for the department.

He said the department was "assessing the situation and exploring every possible option".

VIDEO Killer Whales near Inukjuak, Quebec

Responses to "Killer whales trapped in ice of Hudson Bay (Photos - Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Please help these magnificent creatures.
    Rev. Rae

  2. Unknown says:

    Please help them!

  3. Anonymous says:

    please send an icebreaker, help these people

  4. Anonymous says:

    It doesn't matter how they are saved as long as they are saved. But I ask for light workers to come in on this and help.We can all help. Pray that the ice breaking tools are swiftly sent. See the ice breaking away and most of all thank the ones who


  5. Ice breakers to be sent on to free the trapped whales!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Please help these majestic creatures!

  7. Anonymous says:

    We as a global community got the resources to do something for this fellow living spices.
    Probably will take military involvement,for speedy solution.As in any action,there are consequences...What are they,longterm,for the whales?
    Will they find a safe place,or we just buying time?
    Worth a try,but with some afterthoughts,beforehand!

  8. these magnicent beings deserve to live.
    man please give the BEST you can give!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dont care how it gets done, just get it done!!! these are breathing, living creatures and need to be helped/saved!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    It wouldn't take much to save theirs and our futures and could be written off as a very good practice for maybe rescuing something or someone else in the future. What are you waiting for?

  11. chowes1 says:

    World is watching, save the whales, now, today ! Visualizing their path to open waters...

  12. Anonymous says:

    Please help them! These magnificent creatures need our help. Just do it, it is good Karma!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Please, please, save them.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Save Them!!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I know people have seen the movie with drew barrymore created on this very topic! Free the whales, for a change let something good hit the news

  16. Please help these magnificent creatures. They don't deserve to die. Thank you in advance for your help!

  17. marianne kreichgauer says:

    please, help them

  18. WHat happens with that beatiful creatures? They helped?

  19. Anonymous says:

    can you plz provide a working link as the page links do not work,and or send on these messages from here,"please send help" for these magnificent creatures,

  20. lainey says:

    E-mail sent,here's hoping.x

  21. Anonymous says:

    where is green peace when they are needed. they are always there for everything else.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Canada is a rich country

    He must SAVE these orcas !!!

    not matter of costs

    hurry , please

  23. Anonymous says:

    please,save these beautiful

  24. Anonymous says:

    Please send icebreaker to free pod of mammals that are struggling to surface for air.
    Hope you guys getting this done. Thank you in the name of this magnificent creatures.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Please help them!

  26. Alla says:

    Lightworkers are coming together... intentions and manifestations being sent. Gathering more

  27. Unknown says:

    They can be saved if Canada acts swiftly! Don't know if any one remembers the movie that came out last about a true story where most of the trapped whales like this were saved! It will take more than a village to do it but it can be done. For now we have to pray!

  28. Anonymous says:

    I add my voice to help those who can't ask for help. Please save the whales <3

  29. RB says:

    From my home in California I have called both the Marine Mammals Response Program and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Neither organization has any information. What to do? What has the international response been? Has Greg Ferrian and the Kasco Marine Family been called in? ANY UPDATE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.

  30. Unknown says:

    OMG.. 11 of them.... someone has to help. Please help these beautiful creatures!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    I pray these majestic creatures are assisted love to them all xxx

  32. Anonymous says:

    Help the whales! Money should not hold you back, so much more is used on other things that are killing our people and planet such as GMOs and weapons. The least that can be done is help our fellow mammals.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Please save them!

  34. Geo says:

    I'm.visualizing that big ice breaker on its way ♥♥♥♥

  35. Anonymous says:

    Please help free these beautiful beings of life ! Our Orca whales are wonderful and need saved right away !!!! Please !!!! God bless them, and those who will and are saving them ! ;) good luck, & love & hope to all !
    Love, Breezi Lee S.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Please save these beautiful creatures

  37. Anonymous says:

    Please help these animals! If we don't, who will!!

  38. Anonymous says:

    please help them, send an icebreaker!

  39. Unknown says:

    they are free now :D

  40. Anonymous says:

    Video is not available in Germany. Thanks GEMA *furious*

  41. Anonymous says:


  42. Anonymous says:

    Patricia Kosky here: Save those whales!!!!

  43. Anonymous says:

    please do something. they r a family, they r suffering!!!!

  44. Unknown says:

    NUKE THE WHALES!!!! Just kidding. Can we PLEASE get an icebreaker in there to help these beautiful animals???????????????

  45. Anonymous says:

    Why should these beautiful creatures die because we won't help? Do something NOW!!

  46. Gina says:

    Help them Please..:(

  47. Anonymous says:

    would explosives work? an avalanche cannon? big bonfire? there has to be something

  48. Anonymous says:

    Someone must help these magnificent creatures!

  49. Anonymous says:

    Please help the Orca family!! Please save them...

  50. Anonymous says:

    send email to register concern to:

  51. Anonymous says:

    i have tears in my eyes that the ice breakers were not sent at first notice. positive thoughts that they will make it out safely.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Don't let bureaucracy let them die. Sending someone to check this ignores the expert local knowledge. The right decision is to find the nearest vessel than can fix it and organising it to go right now!

  53. Anonymous says:

    Please help these beautiful souls!!!!!

  54. Tammy B. says:

    Something should be done--it's been done before! How many are going to have to die before you do something?!

  55. Anonymous says:

    Please help these animals to wider pastures.

  56. Anonymous says:

    Please help these beautiful whales these are our heritage and makes us what true Canadians are. Send the ice breaker ship in to get the job done before its to late. You all sit in your high and mighty powerful butts, do something positive for a change.
    Free the Whales......................

  57. Anonymous says:

    Not trying to help save them is like putting a nail in the coffin of your own species.

  58. Linda Day says:
    This comment has been removed by the author.
  59. Anonymous says:

    One word. P L E A S E!!!!

  60. Anonymous says:

    It is our duty as human beings to help other inhabitants of our earth when in need. Come on Canadian government do your duty have some kindness and compassion!

  61. Anonymous says:

    God Bless these creatures...

  62. To all the lovely well-wishers, they are free now, see Alicia Bunn's post above :)

  63. Linda Day says:

    HELP THEM! We have the tools, we have the resources! HELP THEM!

  64. Anonymous says:

    Dear Canadian government...

  65. Unknown says:


  66. Don't allow these whales to suffocate. Bring in the icebreaker now, before it's too late!

  67. Anonymous says:

    pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee help them

  68. joanne chouinard says:

    the american could save the whales , I wish the canadian gouvernement will do something for them , with the prime minister whev got ???, wish he has a hearth

  69. Anonymous says:

    Nature helped them, they are saved, yeeeaahh! :)

  70. Anonymous says:

    Btw, somebody should really start the process of changing this species name. Killer whale does not do them justice.

  71. falkirk says:

    save the whales please

  72. UPDATE: Killer whales free after being trapped by Hudson Bay ice! Thank you for your concern and efforts

  73. tracibear says:

  74. Anonymous says:

    The whales are fine but it's good to know where the internet morons congregate....

  75. Unknown says:

    Please save them!!!

  76. Hilde Schaap says:

    We can only loose them once......don't let that happen!

  77. Anonymous says:

    The bay froze all the way to the bottom? Whales can no longer dive? What a strange year this is.

  78. kirk says:

    let's do what we can to prevent their suffering

  79. Unknown says:

    So glad you have managed to save these magnificent mammals thank all you who helped and those who contributed with their energy :) x

  80. Unknown says:

    Help Help Help!!!

  81. Anonymous says:

    Please dont wait any longer help them!

  82. elena says:

    Save these magnificent mammals now

  83. Anonymous says:

    So sad, please help these beautiful creatures

  84. Unknown says:

    They saved themselves! So happy!

  85. Anonymous says:

    We can drill for oil all over the planet but we can't get one big Multimillion dollar company to send a Heavy Duty helicopter to drop wights on the ice to start breaking the hole up and continue along until open water. We can put ice fishing hut and holes evrywhere but can drill holes to increase the size of the hole SOMETHING ,,,,, ANYTHING!!!!!!

  86. Anonymous says:


  87. SAVE THEM !!!!!!!!!!

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