Four killer whales died at Heiðarhöfn beach at Langanes peninsula last night. Rough seas and strong northerly winds made the rescue effort almost impossible, Þórshöfn police officer Jón Stefánsson told mbl.is.
A screenshot from a video of killer whales off West Iceland.
The search and rescue team from Þórshöfn, as well as members of the public, tried to save the whales but in the end two had to be shot to put them out of their misery, visir.is reports.
The good news is that one of the whales, a calf, was saved during the night. The whale swam towards shore three times before the rescue team was able to save it. Eventually, it managed to swim into the open sea to the other killer whales, rescued yesterday.