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Twenty-seven dolphins die after getting trapped in ice off coast of Newfoundland (Canada)

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Video, shot in Southwest Newfoundland, shows the dolphins struggling after getting trapped. Video, shot in Southwest Newfoundland, shows the dolphins struggling after getting trapped.

March 17th, 2014. PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. — All but three of about 30 white-beaked dolphins that became trapped in ice off southwestern Newfoundland have died, federal fisheries officials said Monday.

A spokesman for the Fisheries and Oceans Department said officers visited the site in Cape Ray and found the carcasses, adding that the remaining dolphins appeared to be in poor condition.

“It is not uncommon for marine mammals such as dolphins, porpoises and beluga whales to be found swimming in ice in N.L. waters at this time of year,” Larry Vaters said in an email.

“Situations when marine animals become trapped in ice are very unfortunate, but do occur in the marine ecosystem [especially when ice conditions are extreme] and should be left to take their course in most circumstances.”

Vaters said high winds and whiteouts…

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