Freed killer whales in Hudson Bay may not be out of danger

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Freed killer whales in Hudson Bay may not be out of danger
Sat, 01-12-2013 - 12:31am

Warmer Artic waters caused by climate change and the need for food are the likely reasons a pod of orcas was trapped in Hudson Bay this week.

Ice on the bay near Inukjuak, Que., shifted Thursday morning and opened up the small hole where the dozen or so killer whales were trapped for days, giving the mammals safe passage out of what could have been their icy grave.

A pod of killer whales, trapped in the ice near near Inukjuak, in Northern Quebec, have reportedly reached open water, locals said Thursday.

While people in the Inukjuak expressed relief Thursday, fears remained that the orcas might not have escaped danger. Some say the water currents and ever-moving ice in the massive, frigid bay may box in the animals elsewhere.

Inukjuak, about 1,500 kilometres north of Montreal, responded Thursday by hiring an airplane to scan the region later in the day for signs of the pod, the town manager said.

“We’re quite concerned, that’s why we’re chartering the plane to find out if we can find them,” said Johnny Williams, adding the village of 1,800 people will likely foot the bill for the search.