SEAL COVE, N.L. - The mayor of Seal Cove, a small town in western Newfoundland, is pleading with the federal Fisheries Department to send an icebreaker into the community's harbour to rescue five dolphins trapped behind drifting pack ice.
Winston May says the white-beaked dolphins appear to be exhausted and distraught now that they've been stuck in a shrinking area of open water for the past four days.
May says the animals can be heard ''crying at night,'' which has left the town's children feeling anxious about the animals' fate.
The dolphins need open water to breathe, and the mayor says there's about 500 metres of ice blocking their escape to White Bay.
May says no one in the town of 400 has a boat big enough to break through the so-called slob ice, which is like a thick carpet of slush and ice chunks.
He says the five-centimetre thick ice won't move until the wind shifts to the northeast and officials with the Fisheries Department have told him a large boat simply isn't available.