Stranded whales save themselves

31.07.2020 - 11:58
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 Mynd: Haukur Holm - RÚV
A pod of pilot whales that got into trouble yesterday in very shallow water in the Westfjords region managed to escape on their own and have now headed out to sea.

The whales stranded at Þernuvík in Mjóifjörður—the second-furthest-inland major fjord in the Ísafjarðardjúp fjord system. They had been seen a day earlier in Ísafjörður fjord, which is even further inland (not to be confused with the town of Ísafjörður, which is in a fjord called Skutulsfjörður). 

RÚV received reports of the stuck whales yesterday afternoon, and they were reportedly making horrible, terrified noises. 

Search & rescue volunteers set out in boats from Ísafjörður town, Hnífsdalur, and Bolungarvík, but had to back off the outcrop where the whales were stranded because of worsening weather conditions. 

According to information from the Westfjords police, the whales had all left the scene by this morning and have headed for open water. 

The picture above is a library picture and not taken yesterday.

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Alexander Elliott
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