From Iceland — Beached Whale Discovered In South Iceland

Beached Whale Discovered In South Iceland

Published October 28, 2021

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Grétar Ingi Erlendsson

UPDATE: It has come to light that the whale in question is a fin whale; not a sei whale, as previously reported.

A beached fin whale was discovered near Þorlákshöfn yesterday. Going by the photos posted to Facebook by Grétar Ingi Erlendsson, it does not appear to have been dead for very long.

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It is as yet unknown what caused this whale to beach in Iceland, but beached whales of any species are far from uncommon in Iceland.

“The size of the baleen whale in Skötubótinn just outside Þorlákshöfn,” Grétar writes in his Facebook post. “If I’ve googled correctly, this is a sei whale. Sandra Björk has the honour of having found the remains. Although it’s always sad in some way, there’s no denying that it’s a magnificent sight!”

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