Members of a local whale rescue organization are urging the public to leave a humpback entrapped in ice in Cook’s Cove be.
Whale Release and Strandings’ Wayne Ledwell says the humpback is a victim of this weekends harsh winds.
“When you’re down there and you’re looking at him and you can see the blood on the ice where he’s, I guess, he’s moving trying to get out. And you can hear him crying. Very, very sad,” Mary Lou Riggs told CBC News Saturday.
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Riggs says she’s tried to contact government agencies and other groups, hoping for a way to extricate the whale, but experts say its prospects aren’t good.
Ledwell told VOCM that it’s rare for a whale that large to be trapped in this manner, and rarer still for such whales to escape, unless conditions change.
“The wind has to change and blow the ice off the land and hopefully if the tide rises it could go on with that but I don’t know how long the animal can last in the situation it’s in,” he told the station. “The animal could die here, unfortunately that’s probably what could happen to it.”