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(ABC)   Those killer whales "trapped" under the sea-ice in Canada have freed themselves ending the urgent call for a rescue mission. Gee, it's almost if they have some sort of ability to live and survive unassisted in arctic seas or something   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 17
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2013-01-10 09:20:58 PM
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It was the wind that opened up an escape route, so they got lucky. They looked pretty desperate in the photo I saw of three of them trying to breathe at once. The article says there were about twelve of them, which means they must have had to take turns breathing.

I'm glad they are OK.

It's quite expensive to rescue whales but it's not in the same class as spending $30,000 for an operation for a cat when the rescue shelters are full of them, waiting to be euthanized if nobody takes them home. Whales are special animals--possibly overlapping with the human intelligence range, and very important to the ocean ecosystem. There aren't a lot of them since we began plundering the seas wholesale a few centuries ago. We should treasure them and do what we can to spare them suffering and death.

The altruism of the human race is an important part of who we are. It is possible that whales, dolphins and a few other species have something close to humanity's ability to feel for and help creatures that are not directly of benefit to us or related to us. But very few living creatures will go out of their way to protect, feed, and rescue another species out of pure altruism. We need this instinct to help curb our destructiveness and to understand our role in ecosystems in which we are not a native and natural element because of all the animals, we are the only species that can genuinely understand and feel empathy beyond our instinctive behaviour, as well as being able to move into environmentals totally hostile to our natural abilities.

If we don' take responsability, who will? There is no animal quite as destructive and no animal that could override instinct with reason and sympathy or empathy for others.
2013-01-10 05:47:58 PM
3 votes:
Yeah, I saw this on GMA. They were "spy hopping" by popping up out of the hole to spot another hole they could swim to. Only they were srrounded by crowds of people. My whale is a bit rusty, but I believe they were saying something along the lines of "Get the fark out of the way, pesky humans! This isn't farking Sea World. We're not jumping for your amusement. We can't see shiat! So move!"
2013-01-10 07:08:22 PM
2 votes:

bingethinker: Since these whales can go about 20 minutes without breathing, the situation may not have been as desperate as it seemed.


I don't know, I'd say the whole 6 miles to open water with an air hole that's freezing over is a pretty desperate situation.
2013-01-10 06:31:46 PM
2 votes:
I am glad that the winds shifted, the ice moved, and the whale presumably swam away. This is very good news. We need the killer whales to keep the seal population in check. And, it's kinda dusty in here..
2013-01-10 06:23:55 PM
2 votes:
Of course, countless animals die every day in their natural habitats when they get trapped by things like this, but never mind that.

A smarter person looking to knock the notion of a rescue of wild animals probably would have played the "shiat happens" card.
2013-01-10 09:35:02 PM
1 votes:

tigerose: I am glad that the winds shifted, the ice moved, and the whale presumably swam away. This is very good news. We need the killer whales to keep the seal and great white population in check. And, it's kinda dusty in here..

2013-01-10 08:44:22 PM
1 votes:
www.hotflick.net

She'll be eating blubber all right, just as soon as I free Willy.
2013-01-10 07:20:45 PM
1 votes:
according to this link, there is still a risk that they won't survive:

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One expert in Arctic wildlife said they have good reason to be concerned, because the thicker winter ice has yet to form on the bay. The orcas, meanwhile, were still 1,000 kilometres from where they should be at this time of year, said Pete Ewins of World Wildlife Fund Canada.

"They got stuck (in Hudson Bay) and they're unlikely to get out," said Ewins, adding that killer whales are not accustomed to ice.

"These guys are on the edge and they might not make it through."
2013-01-10 06:52:46 PM
1 votes:
It was aliens.

And by that, I mean, the whales are aliens.
2013-01-10 06:41:15 PM
1 votes:

Tanthalas39: here to help: Wow. Snarky and stupid.

Good job, subby.

You sound like a fat liberal.


Yanno... if it weren't for really crappy environmental policies losing 12 killer whales to natural events wouldn't be such a big deal.

Also...

NO U!!
2013-01-10 06:35:43 PM
1 votes:
Ok, if the whales are safe then I take back my call to increase global warming. Anyone know how to put out a tire fire?
2013-01-10 06:34:45 PM
1 votes:

Vegan Meat Popsicle: Of course, countless animals die every day in their natural habitats when they get trapped by things like this, but never mind that.

A smarter person looking to knock the notion of a rescue of wild animals probably would have played the "shiat happens" card.


The mind really can't comprehend large numbers like that to make an emotional attachment, which is good or else we'd feel bad about everything. When you narrow it down to a few and personalize them like these particular and individual whales, or a lost dog/cat/etc, then the mind can comprehend that particular animal and get outraged or emotional.

Sure crap happens but what does it say about your humanity when you have the resources, knowledge, and ability to help this particular animal here and now but simply say "shiat happens let'em die"?
2013-01-10 06:32:51 PM
1 votes:

Solid State Vittles: Fargin' ice holes.


I saved a whale once. Once.
2013-01-10 06:29:02 PM
1 votes:
Wow. Snarky and stupid.

Good job, subby.
2013-01-10 06:26:57 PM
1 votes:
Since these whales can go about 20 minutes without breathing, the situation may not have been as desperate as it seemed.
2013-01-10 06:25:32 PM
1 votes:

Free Willies 2.


Sounds like a gay porno.

2013-01-10 06:18:36 PM
1 votes:
Fargin' ice holes.
 
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