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Beached Whale In Westfjords

Published August 14, 2012

A beached whale has been spotted in the Westfjords, although it is uncertain at this time what kind of whale it is.
Bæjarins bestu reports that ship captain Sigurður Hjartarson was sailing from Hornvík to Bolungarvík when they spotted the whale washed ashore at Straumnes between Rekavík and Aðalvík.
The captain and his crew did not have a proper camera to take a picture of the whale, and they ask the general public to be able to get close enough to take a photo.
This is not the first time that a whale has beached itself in the area. Last summer, a beached whale was spotted at Fljótavík, where it remains.
Further south, a sperm whale beached itself at Snæfellsnes last spring, only to have its jawbone poached – presumably for sale on the black market. The poachers were never found.


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