Killer Whales Trapped in Ice Free Themselves

A pod of killer whales trapped in the ice off northeastern Quebec have apparently freed themselves, the CBC reports.

The dozen orcas were spotted using a small hole to breathe at the eastern top of the Hudson Bay.

On Wednesday, residents of an Inuit village called for the government’s help to free the whales.

A team of experts sent by the federal government were said to be en route to help.

When two hunters went to check on the ice Thursday morning, they discovered that the whales were gone.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said that it’s not unusual for marine mammals to become trapped in ice.

Orcas don’t typically travel to frozen waters. Wildlife experts think warming oceans allowed them to go father north.