UPDATE: Heartbreaking: Rescuers not able to help whale trapped in ice

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UPDATE on humpback whale trapped in the ice: Wayne Ledwell of the Whale Release and Strandings Group confirmed Monday afternoon that the whale had died.

A heartbreaking situation is being discussed with a rescue group who have described a whale trapped in the ice at Cook’s Cove near Old Pelican N.I. According to the Whale Release and Strandings’ Facebook page, volunteers and crew state the ice is just too thick to navigate with an icebreaker,and they would not be able to euthanize the suffering animal. On Saturday afternoon, the following news was reported:

“The Whale Release and Strandings crew was in Cook’s Cove today assessing the whale and the situation. The whale is entrapped in heavy Arctic pack ice and is in very shallow water. There is nothing that can be done to assist unless the wind changes and frees the ice in the cove. An icebreaker would not be able to navigate in there and we can’t euthanize the animal. Please respect the animal in the situation it has found itself and do not attempt to touch the animal but just to leave it.”

The humpback has been stranded in the icy waters off of Newfoundland since Friday and has been crying “like a baby.” Tragically he is jammed in and can barely move; the his tail has been bleeding. Rescuers are hoping the wind changes so local residents could possibly get in and free the whale. Tragically, he is becoming very weak, however on Sunday the water around him slightly rose. Rescuers can only hope for the best.

The Whale Release and Strandings is a non-profit organization that tends to the entrapments and strandings of marine animals, such as whales, turtles, and basking sharks.

Photos of humpback whale trapped courtesy of Whale Release and Strandings

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9 replies
  1. Cynthia Como says:

    OMG!!! This hurts my heart so much!! It’s agonizing to me to see any animal suffering! Oh how I hope that some how this poor whale gets out of this traffic situation! So so sad!

  2. Analee Kachur says:

    I can’t believe that there isn’t someone who can think outside the box, and be able to save this trapped creature.

  3. Cynthia Alvarez says:

    I guess I am too simplistic, but could they not have someting similar to the airplanes or maybe helicopters that fly over fires fly over and drop ice melt or spray steam that could melt or at least loosen the ice?

  4. Meghan says:

    Just saw an update, looks like he won’t make it, So sad, I do not understand how he got stuck. Basically looks like he is frozen to the ice. So sad, so sad.


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