Hudson Bay

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 Universit? de Qu?bec ? 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.? Read more »

The Polar Bears are doomed…oh wait

??The Globe and Mail

Climate Change propagandists like to tell us that all sorts of creatures are doomed as a result of “climate change”. Using their argument it was probablt climate change that saw off teh dinosaurs.

Anyway it seems that once again the apologists were wrong…this time about Polar Bears. A real apology for all their chicken little behaviour would be nice:

The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.

The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. That?s 66 per cent higher than estimates by other researchers who forecasted the numbers would fall to as low as 610 because of warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin bears? ability to hunt. The Hudson Bay region, which straddles Nunavut and Manitoba, is critical because it?s considered a bellwether for how polar bears are doing elsewhere in the Arctic.

The study shows that ?the bear population is not in crisis as people believed,? said Drikus Gissing, Nunavut?s director of wildlife management. ?There is no doom and gloom.?