Posted by: The ocean update | July 19, 2019

Dozens of whales wash up on Icelandic beach

Pictures of beached whales whales taken by helicopter – David Schwarzhans

July 19th, 2019 (James Rothwell). Dozens of beached whales have been discovered on a secluded stretch of sand in west Iceland where people rarely tread.

David Schwarzhans, a pilot for Reykjavík Helicopters, said he and his passengers counted 50 long-finned pilot whales washed up on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Löngufjörur beach, in western Iceland on Thursday.

Schwarzhans said “there might have been more. Some were already buried in sand.” He says the whales were concentrated in one spot and described it as “a very sad scene.”

The morbid discovery was only made this week by air as the area is inaccessible by car and has few visitors, except the occasional hiker.

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