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Beluga whales found themselves in an ice trap in Chukotka
In Chukotka, beluga whales were trapped in an ice trap in the Beringia National Park. In Penkigngei Bay, about 20 animals were trapped by ice in three holes.
According to the press service of the national park, the nearest open water is at least 40 km away. Based on observations, while belugas manage to find food for themselves, they hide under water for 20-25 minutes to catch fish.
According to the inspector of the national park Artur Apalyu, beluga whales fall into such ice captivity almost every year, but usually this happens near the edge. As a rule, this happens when the sea does not freeze for a long time, and at the moment of penetration of beluga whales under the water, the water suddenly freezes or the ice mass moves.
According to scientists, beluga whales know how to use the air pockets that form under the ice. If they find such cavities, they will be able to get out of the trap. There is a possibility that beluga whales will be able to hold out until the ice begins to melt, but if the fish leave the bay, they will have nothing to eat.