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Pod of killer whales trapped in drift ice off northern Japan has apparently safely escaped

By Mari Yamaguchi

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Great. Good luck to them.

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killer whales are not designated as an endangered species in Japan

Phew! No need for sympathy or concern then, eh?

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One group submitted a request to the Defense Ministry to mobilize an ice breaker to help free them.

Right. Because ice breakers are constantly standing by for just such an occurrence. It definitely wouldn't have hit them or crushed them between moving ice as it tried to get close.

Nature can be cruel. But I'm glad these whales apparently got away.

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Apparently the bobbing up and down was their sharing of the breathing hole between them all.

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Wonderful. Losing a pod would have been tragic. Pods are generally made up of mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins and their children (the males split to seek mates), so the loss of an entire pod would have been a huge blow to orca genetic diversity.

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Phew! No need for sympathy or concern then, eh?

If people wanted to do something to help, go ahead, but it is not the role of government to go spending money on even moving ice so that non endangered species can escape… especially when they escaped by themselves anyway.

prompting concern from environmental groups,

Environmental groups ought know that in the natural world, death is a part of life…

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We help other creatures when they need us.

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Go Orcas !!...

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Orcas are magnificent creatures, I'm glad they're free.

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We help other creatures when they need us.

So a Lion or Cheetah takes down an antelope or something on the Savanah.

You help the antelope?

Come on, you have been watching too many Disney movies I suspect.

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Global warming?

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