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Beached Sperm Whale

During the annual sheep gathering last month, shepherds in the Strandir region in the northwest of Iceland discovered the carcass of sperm whale at the beach near Kaldbaksvík farm.

The body was approximately 14 meters long. According to the local news web, the sperm whale is believed to have been stranded on the beach for some time. Since the area is remote the carcass wasn’t discovered until now.

According to Jónsbók, Iceland’s book of law from 1281 which is still valid, the body of the whale belongs to the farmer whose farm is nearest to the beach where it stranded. The meat and fat of the whale were valuable commodities in earlier times. However, this sperm whale is in all likeliness of little value for the current residents of Kaldbaksvík.

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