Global Warming would have saved these Whales

We were promised that the Arctic would be ice free by 2012. Well it isn’t and as a result a pod of Orca are in great peril as the ice closes in around them:

Locals are calling for an ice-breaker to help free the mammals. Photo: AP/Marina Lacasse

Locals are calling for an ice-breaker to help free the mammals. Photo: AP/Marina Lacasse

Twelve whales are caught in a death trap outside of a northern Quebec fishing village.

Since Monday, the killer whales have been stranded under thick layers of sea ice near the town of Inukjuak, on the northeastern coast of the Hudson Bay. They take turns breathing through a small breach in the ice, but one expert says that if immediate action isn’t taken to free them, the whales could suffocate or die from exhaustion.

“These are large animals competing for breathing space in a hole not much larger than your desk,” said Lyne Morisette, a marine ecologist and researcher at the UniversitĂ© de QuĂ©bec Ă  Rimouski. “We don’t have two weeks to manoeuvre here.”

About 25 km of ice separates the pod from open water, meaning it would take an ice breaking ship to open a path for them.

An Inuit hunter stumbled upon the whales earlier this week while tracking seals. killer whales are a rare sight in the Hudson Bay during winter, and the animals have drawn dozens of curious locals from Inukjuak — a one-hour snowmobile ride from the ice breach.

The Inuit seem perplexed as to what to do about the Orca. 

“People have mixed feelings about the situation,” said Peter Inukpuk, the mayor of Inukjuak. “We want to see them free, but we also want them to go away. Killer whales eat seals and belugas. The seal hunt is a huge part of our economy.”

There are calls for icebreakers to be used:

An ice breaker could cost the federal government millions and there’s no guarantee the ship would arrive in time to save the killer whales — also known as orcas. But local leaders are urging the federal government to take action and help free the whales immediately.

“It would be utopian to assume the DFO is scrambling to get an icebreaking ship on site,” Morisette. “The government has cut funding to DFO just as they have with dozens of federal departments, so its tough to see them freeing up money for this. However, the fact the killer whales are an endangered species definitely helps their case.”

Uhmmm…not they aren’t..endangered that is…these ones might be but Killer Whales in general aren’t….they exist in every ocean in the world and have never been hunted. At worst they have only ever been graded as “conservation dependent“…which is the third safest rating.

It is estimated that there are 50,000 Killer Whales in the world…probably with a few less shortly, killed by the lack of global warming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Jenkins/593642943 James Jenkins

    Blow some more holes in the ice asap…..whats stopping them? Whales are dead anyway if they don’t give them some more room…get to it.

    • Ronnie Chow

      The shock will kill the whales.

  • Apolonia

    It’s getting colder here as well. Even NIWA agree

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8162863/Temperature-dips-in-2012

  • Apolonia

    The UK met office says “no increase in temperatures over last 5 years”

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment/article3651191.ece
    We want our ETS money back

    • Stuart Mathieson

      Where did you get that? Daily Mail. Your a moron too. Google UK Met office. It says no such thing.

    • Ronnie Chow

      That’s not to say Australia’s massive heatwave is showing much sign of cresting.

      The country posted a record average maximum on Monday of 40.33C and although the latest indications suggest yesterday’s tally may have fallen short of setting a new peak, it will likely be among the top handful of hottest days on record.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Davis/624235869 Greg Davis

    Great Whale tale.

  • grumpy
    • Stuart Mathieson

      Aaaaah Daily Mail! Promoted British fascism in 1930s until the patriotic working classes threatened to lynch them. Climate change deniers face the same fate!

  • thor42

    By the way – Jerusalem is shivering under its biggest snowfall since 1992.

    I kid you not –

    http://tundratabloids.com/2013/01/record-snowfall-in-israeli-capital-closes-schools-and-highways.html

    • Stuart Mathieson

      So what? So is Amman Jordon where my daughter works. There’s two feet of snow. It happens every year. Are you a moron too?

      • Stuart Mathieson

        And it must snow in Bethlehem. I’ve seen it on Xmas cards.

  • Stuart Mathieson

    Your a moron

    • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

      Is that all you’ve got…keep it up fool and you will be on the bench, then we will see who the moron is.

      • Stuart Mathieson

        Cam we know you are looking for a dignified exit from this idiotic position, I assumed you were morphing into irony.
        Are you actually serious.

        • Stuart Mathieson

          Legal threats? Where have i heard that before? Christopher Monkton?

          • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

            No legal threats fool, I’ll just block your ip, your email and your login id…and you can go rant elsewhere…then who will the moron be.

          • Stuart Mathieson

            Ah the bench! The one at the gym! Where you do your bicep curls and look fierce!

        • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

          No I am not…you are the one who will be looking like an idiot.

      • Mr_Blobby

        Stop wasting your time on this unemployable fucktard who has spent his entire life on public assistance of one sort or the other. A net economic drain to the economy.

    • Travis Poulson

      “Your a moron”

      Good grief, how embarrassing.

      • Stuart Mathieson

        hello C-3PO!

    • Pita

      “Your a moron”…and you’re illiterate.

  • Stuart Mathieson

    “it is estimated that there are 50,000 Killer Whales in the world…probably with a few less shortly, killed by the lack of global warming”
    Cam – I hear they building gibbets

  • Jaffa

    Global Warming is not a scientific opinion,……it’s a religion.
    Do you believe?

    Well, do you?

    • Stuart Mathieson

      Another moron!

      • thor42

        You haven’t answered his question, moron. That’s because you have no proof, moron.

        • Stuart Mathieson

          People who regularly blog this site are not interested in evidence or “proof” as you call it. We are not talking about deductive arguments as in geometry. We are talking about inductive arguments that are persuasive in varying degrees. That’s why we call the opinions in this site denial. Like Creationists they are not interested in evidence. I read the science and the science based reports directly. I suggest you do the same. Someone suggested I had my head up my a……
          That definitely applies to Creationists and CCDs. Answer me this. Give me a brief account of confirmation bias and while you are at it whose the chief spokesperson for UAH and what’s his claim to fame?
          Here’s another. What stops solar radiation bouncing of the Earth and back into space?

    • Stuart Mathieson

      How can contempt for board games be a board game.
      Mein gott! The fatuous cliches are coming thick and fast.

    • Stuart Mathieson

      A religion is an organised belief involving appeals to supernatural agencies that is not based conclusively on independent empiracle evidence.
      My guess is CCDs are god botherers and they correctly see climate science or any science as a threat. That’s why they bandy the “religion” accusation about. Evolution deniers do the same and they stoop to the same sort of lies eg Darwin recanted on his death bed with a reference to some blog site (nowadays) who started off with the same conviction. So no, I’m not religious. I have been athiest for fifty plus years. Don’t I mean agnostic I hear you all chorus? No athiest because I have never heard a religious account that that has any crucial independent evidence. I started off as a climate skeptic twenty years ago but the accumulating evidence from many independent disciplines convinced me otherwise.

    • Stuart Mathieson

      Read this dummies and understand the difference between science and religion.

      http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=science-teacher-draws-line-creation&WT.mc_id=SA_WR_20130109

  • Stuart Mathieson

    Definitely a cabal of morons.

    • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

      You aren;t fucking learning you stupid cunt.

      • Stuart Mathieson

        I’m pretty good at pressing buttons until the morons show their true colours.

        • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

          Calling people morons repeatedly online might make you a keyboard warrior but doing it to their face in a pub would get you smacked over.

          I’m over you. You have added a single useful thing to the issue. Other than to prove that it is you who is the moron.

        • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil
          • Stuart Mathieson

            Is this meant to intimidate me?
            The big ugly muscleman bully of the Internet too?
            Thor42 and Axeman your lovely gym mates?

          • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

            Not at all, just useful for people to know you are a waste of space, both intellectually and physically in our universities…you are a top notch twat who only gets bonus points for actually having the courage to post under his real name…other than that you are a tool, who thinks the highest level of debate is to call someone a moron.

            It is you who is the moron.

          • Stuart Mathieson

            No I don’t but I think it’s appropriate for you.

  • Stuart Mathieson

    Just the same litany circulated by wild eyed idiots from Act on Campus.

    • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil
      • Stuart Mathieson

        I think you should get back on to your medication Cam.

        • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

          I don’t think so. But given your ranting yesterday you might have missed some of yours.

  • Stuart Mathieson

    And now it’s time to leave this cavern of Troglodytes and return to the world of light and reason where explanatory theories are shaped by the world and not the other way round as G. B. S. was at pains to remind us.

    • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

      Oh…you are going to pull your head out of your arse then?

  • Stuart Mathieson
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