Posted by: The ocean update | October 1, 2016

Beached whale in Borgarnes (Iceland)

Hrefnan er strönduð í Borgarvogi við Borgarnes. mynd/Guðrún Vala Elísdóttir

Hrefnan er strönduð í Borgarvogi við Borgarnes. mynd/Guðrún Vala Elísdóttir

October 1st, 2016. A minke whale is beached in Borgarvogur, Borgarnes in West Iceland. The same animal, thought to measure 7 metres,  was spotted swimming just outside the area yesterday. 

The whale is thought to be injured and police are discussing with the chief veterinary officer whether it needs to be put down (Ed Sibylline : it’s not a need to kill, it’s one to save !) or rescued.

According to the (vet ?) chief of police in Borgarnes the animal is suffering as it is stuck on a sandy reef quite a long way away from the shore which is hard to access.

He adds that he expects that unforunately the animal will be put down due to the severity of its injuries.

Tourists tried to reach the animal this morning but police stopped them as the animal was getting frightened and agitated.

MYND/GUÐMUNDUR SÍMONARSON

MYND/GUÐMUNDUR SÍMONARSON

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