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More than 200 whales trapped in Canadian ice


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22 Nov 08 - At least 200 narwhal whales in Canada's Arctic, trapped by winter ice and facing starvation or suffocation, must be culled, officials say.

Hunters from the village of Pond Inlet on Baffin Island discovered the animals trapped near Bylot Island, about 17 kilometres from Pond Inlet, on November 15.

The local hunters are allowed to harvest only 130 narwhal whales each year for food, according to standards set by the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans.

But department spokesman Keith Pelley said: "It's unlikely the animals are going to survive the winter, so the hunters have been given authorisation to cull them."

While narwhals - known for their long tusks - had become trapped by ice in the past, it was unusual for so many to be stuck in the same place at the same time, Pelley said.
http://news.smh.com.au/world/over-200-whales-trapped-in-canadian-ice-20081122-6eas.html

See also
http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE4AK7HL20081121
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