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Both Morissette and Trites say the whales have a slim chance of surviving, even though they escaped from the ice trap near Inukjuak.
are still entrapped in the whole Hudson Bay and they have to move out of that," says Morissette.
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These killer whales can only hold their breath for five minutes, says Morissette. And Trites points out that, unlike Beluguas, they can not break through thin ice to breathe.
"There's less ice in the Arctic during the summer months, which has now opened up this habitat for killer whales to be able to move north," he says.
The images of frantic killer whales near Inukjuak, Quebec, may be directly related to climate change, some scientists say.
Videos have circulated around the world of a pod of killer whales surrounded by the ice in the Hudson Bay, and that Omega Orange Face could only breathe through a single, shrinking hole. Lyne Morissette says the whales should have left the Omega Constellation Pie Pan 18k
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Andrew Trites, professor and director of the marine mammal research unit at UBC, says killer whales are now hunting species in the Arctic that they previously couldn't get to because of the ice.
Climate change may have trapped whales
area in October, but may have missed the cue to leave. "Because of all the climate change in the Arctic, these triggers are not the same anymore."
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