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    9 Blue Whales Die Due to Shifting Ice

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    Sadly, nine blue whales are left dead due to patches of moving ice. All the whales died off the southwest coast of Newfoundland.

    Sadly, nine blue whales are left dead due to patches of moving ice. All the whales died off the southwest coast of Newfoundland.

    When the spring season kicks off, blue whales venture to waters off the coast and major problems arise when ice begins to shift. The whales essentially get stuck underwater and the huge, heavy chunks of ice prevent them from reaching the surface to breathe.

    Typically ice entrapments are responsible for 4 whale deaths at the most. An authority with The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Jack Lawson says there may very well be more marine life fatalities in the coming weeks, because the sections of water they’re traveling through contain vast amounts of thick ice patches and strong winds.

    Lawson described the ice as a ‘living, moving beast’ and also pointed out that ice breakers are having an exceptionally difficult time moving through the chunks this year.

    Further proving it's a serious issue, about three weeks ago, 40 white-beaked dolphins were killed because of heavy patches of ice close to Cape Ray.