Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
At least seven dolphins have been trapped in a shrinking body of water in a Newfoundland harbour in eastern Canada, with the community transfixed by their plight, which is reportedly nearing an end on Thursday.
The survival of a trapped pod of white-beaked dolphins is dependent on the wind changing and blowing away the ice that has them pinned, reported CBC News.
A report from the scene said that a rescue operation to capture the pod will occur when the tide is at the lowest, with local firefighters working to capture the dolphins in fishing nets and drive them about one 100 meters down the road to open water.
If wind happens to blow away the ice before the operation occurs in a few hours, then the pod would be able to escape to the open Atlantic Ocean.
Officers with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans were onsite in the community on Tuesday, reported CBC.
The DFO requested assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard, but the closest ship is too dangerous for the dolphins if the vessel shifted ice in the harbour.
The department said that offshore winds that have been predicted would move the ice that trapped the pod by the shore.
More details to follow. Image of the dolphins from CBC.