This is just plain heart-breaking. Even these Inuit seem sad to kill these poor belugas.
About 200 beluga were first spotted in early August by hunters in the Husky Lakes area south of Tuktoyaktuk, a string of saltwater inlets north of the Arctic Circle that are linked to the ocean through a 300-meter-wide [980-foot-wide] channel.
There still were about 80 of the white mammals left in the lakes by late October, but the lakes and the channel are quickly freezing over and the whales’ air hole shrinking.
Residents were cheering for the belugas to escape, even though each animal could provide enough meat and “muktuk” — skin and blubber usually served raw — to last a couple of large families through the winter.
But officials determined that escape was now impossible and the whales would suffocate or starve.
Killing the whales now, while they are still in good shape, is better than leaving them to slowly freeze under the ice, said Voudrach.
Sure, nature’s heartless. But the thought of all these poor whales clustering around a tiny air hole in the ice, bumpin’ their big white bodies into each other, trying to get their little blowhole into the air is just plain sad.
Ok, its a tad funny too. But 90% sad.