Two orca whales were shot and four died in Þórshöfn after a pod of six was beached on shore last night, Vísir reports.
The whales swam into Lauganes at low tide and became stranded on the northeastern shore. Rescue workers tried to save the whales with the help of various equipment. Of the six whales, two survived, one having managed to break free at high tide in the night.
While two whales died naturally in the struggle to escape, rescue workers were forced to shoot the remaining two, who officials say were suffering and worn-out by the end of the night.