Whale stuck in Cook’s Cove ice dies

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@tc.tc

A hump­back whale trapped in ice near Old Per­li­can died last Mon­day.

The whale was stuck in Cook’s Cove, near Old Per­li­can, and un­able to get past the ice pans. It had been in the shal­low wa­ter since Fri­day, March 31.

Wayne Led­well of the Whale Re­lease and Strand­ings Group con­firmed to The Com­pass that the whale died some­time be­tween late Sun­day night and early Mon­day morn­ing.

The whale suc­cumbed to the pres­sure of the flow­ing ice, as well as its own weight against the rocks.

Led­well says that un­for­tu­nately, there was lit­tle that could be done for the an­i­mal, as the wa­ter was too shal­low for an ice­breaker. Even if an ice­breaker could make its way through, it would only push the ice on top of the whale, sim­ply mak­ing the sit­u­a­tion even more dif­fi­cult for it.

“A lot of peo­ple thought maybe an ice­breaker would be able to clear the way for (the whale), but un­for­tu­nately that’s not the case,” said Led­well. “The wa­ter was just too shal­low. There was noth­ing any hu­man could have done for the an­i­mal, be­sides hope for the best.”

The whale was es­ti­mated to be about 12 or 13-me­tres long, and spent the en­tirety of the week­end stuck in Cook’s Cove.

Led­well added that the best hope the whale had for es­cape was if winds be­gan gust­ing in a south­ern di­rec­tion, push­ing the pans off and away from the an­i­mal.

“It’s hard to put your faith in some­thing like wind, but that was re­ally the only thing that would have helped. It was a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion, and an un­for­tu­nate one.”

A lot of peo­ple thought maybe an ice­breaker would be able to clear the way for (the whale), but un­for­tu­nately that’s not the case.

— Wayne Led­well

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

This whale was trapped in Cook’s Cove from Fri­day, March 31, to Mon­day, April 3.

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