Residents of a small community in Newfoundland and Labrador were able to free five dolphins from large ice jams and move them to a safe place, but a humpback whale did not have that chance and died in the ICES.
The dolphins had been stuck since the weekend in a small bay near Saint-Jean. On Monday, about twenty residents ventured on the ice off Bell Island and were able to release five dolphins, slip them on tarpaulins and load them into a truck. Mammals – believed to be white-beaked dolphins – were then released where there was much less ice on Monday.
Residents had counted as many as eleven dolphins in difficulty since Saturday; It seems that the others have perished since, one during the rescue operations carried out by the small community.
Wabana mayor Gary Gosine said ice around the island, which has been abundant for seven years, has even disrupted the ferry service. It is the first time he sees dolphins imprisoned in the ice.
A 14 meter humpback whale was also stuck in the ice on Friday at Cook’s Cove, near Old Perlican. She eventually perished in her mishap. Wayne Ledwell, a member of a whale rescue organization, said the ice was too thick to let through an icebreaker. The ice disappeared on Monday, but the whale did not move.