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Canada Finds Killer Whales Drawn to Warmer Arctic

Source:  Copyright 2007, Reuters
Date:  January 22, 2007
Byline:  Jennifer Kwan
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Melting Arctic sea ice may be attracting more killer whales to Canada's far northern waters, and that could mean some Inuit hunters will be competing directly with the majestic marine mammals for food, a group of researchers say.

"For a number of years, Inuit hunters in the eastern Arctic have been reporting that the number of killer whales is increasing," Jeff Higdon, a graduate student at the University of Manitoba, working with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, said Friday.

"Of course the killer whales that are in the Arctic are eating a lot of the same marine mammals that Inuit hunters depend on."

Killer whales, or orcas, are the biggest members of the dolphin family and are found around the world. They are often seen in Canadian waters, though they are not as common in the far north.

The latest data compiled by Higdon and other researchers, who began researching the ...

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