Posted by: The ocean update | April 2, 2017

Act NOW to save a humpback whale (Newfoundland, Canada)

A humpback whale is shown trapped in the ice off the coast of Newfoundland on Apr. 1, 2017. Whale Release and Strandings credit

April 2nd, 2017 : a humpback whale is trapped in ice in Newfoundland. They say says there is nothing it can do to help it. It’s wrong. They did it in Russia :

4 killer whales rescued after getting stuck in ice (Sakhalin island) (link)

They did it in Alaska (which inspired the movie Big miracle) :

‘Big Miracle’: The real story (Alaska, USA) (link)

If a icebreaker is not able to navigate due to the thickness of the ice, they can use a de-icer to help (link) (Kascomarine enterprise, Lakeland, Minnesota),

12V Portable De-Icer

like in Alaska, in 1988

Please, call the authorities or let them an email asking them a rescue operation :

Telephone: 709-772-2078
Toll-free: 1-800-565-1633
Fax: 709-772-6640 (Business hours only)

Email for 24 hour ice assistance :
Email for general inquiries :

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard : Honorable Dominique Leblanc

twitter @Min_LeBlanc, email :

Tel : (613)-992-1020 or free 1-800-432-0311

Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard : twitter @DFO_NL, Call 1-800-563-9089 24/7

Whale Release and Strandings : Facebook

Update 04/03/2017, comment Peter vdW

did a quick Photoshop sweep (wish life was really that simple) but if a crew carefully could clean the two ice turrets (light blue), it would give the whale more space. Again, info on water depth is important. How long has the whale been there, trapped ?

a second picture, try to keep the water “clean” remove as much brash ice as you can. An ice-cut crew can consist of 4 people : a cutter (1) with chainsaw which is belayed by rope by the belayer (2). Cut chunks of ice in portions that can be man-handled. Drill some ice screws (alpine climbing gear) in the cut-off chunks and have them pulled out by a 2-man pull team (use Petzel ascenders and pullies if weight is too big). Grapple hooks can be used to pull ice floats away from the basin’s center to keep the water open. Enforced long handled dip nets can be used to fish the brash ice away, try to have a minimum of slush in the water – it will freeze over less quickly. How thick/strong is the ice ( > 1 meter)? Is it pressed brash ice that comes up the shore ? Is it a closed mass or does it have crevasses ? How safe can people move on the ice? Is it flat/smooth enough for snowmobiles with sledges ? And again, how deep is the water below the whale ?


Original information : No way to help humpback whale trapped in ice off N.L, rescuers say

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017. OLD PERLICAN, N.L. — A rescue group says there is nothing it can do to help a whale trapped in the icy waters off Newfoundland.

Whale Release and Strandings says the ice in Cook’s Cove near Old Perlican, N.L., is too thick to navigate with an icebreaker and they wouldn’t be able to euthanize the distressed animal.

“There is nothing that can be done to assist unless the wind changes and frees the ice in the cove,” the group wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. “Please respect the animal in the situation it has found itself and do not attempt to touch the animal but just to leave it.”

Mary Lou Riggs says the humpback has been stranded in the shallow waters near the shore since Friday and has been crying “like a baby.”

“He was jammed right in there and couldn’t even move,” says Riggs. “There’s a lot of blood on the ice, and they say it’s from his tail.”

Riggs says the scene is so heartbreaking, one of her friends couldn’t bear to look at it anymore and had to walk away.

The ice appeared to have shifted Sunday to allow more water to wash over the whale, Riggs says.

“He’s still alive. When I was down the other day, he was just blowing a bit,” says Riggs. “He was not right on top of the ice, but … the ice was packed around his sides.”

Based on her conversations with local fisherman, Riggs says it could be a matter of days until the wind changes to possibly free the ice.

A report from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says there were two instances of large groups of animals becoming trapped and dying in pack ice in 2014 — one involving nine blue whales and the other involving 40 white-beaked dolphins.

Ed Sibylline : they did nothing, considering this specie (for white-beaked dolphins) was not endangered…

Twenty-seven dolphins die after getting trapped in ice off coast of Newfoundland (Canada) (link)

9 blue whales die after getting trapped off Newfoundland’s coast (Canada) (link)

More info about the operation Breakthrough in Alaska (1988)

Big Miracle brings back a lot of memories (link)

Kascomarine on twitter : @KascoMarine

Other video


Update 04.03.2017 : the whale has died, inhumanely crushed by the ice, agonizing how many hours ? Canada is able to win billions of dollars with whale-watching, but in case to save just one, authorities (different of people, see for dolphins in the same time) let the nature take its course.



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