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Killer Whales Spotted Bird Hunting in East Iceland

Four killer whales swam into the fjord Berufjördur by Djúpivogur in southeast Iceland on Monday—a rare sight—where they attacked one flock of birds after the other, practically in the shallows.

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Killer whales in Icelandic waters. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

One of the whales chased an eider duck right up to the pier at Gledivík bay where it caught up with the unfortunate bird with a lot of splashing, Morgunbladid reports.

Killer whales are known for cruel hunting techniques and sometimes it is difficult to determine whether they are hunting for food or playing with the prey.

In 2008 whale watchers in Húsavík observed how a group of killer whales attacked and killed a minke.

The most famous Icelandic killer whale is Keiko, the star of the Free Willy movies. It was released back into the wild but died in a Norwegian fjord in 2003.

His relatives who went hunting in Berufjördur were a little wilder, Morgunbladid concludes.

Click here to read about 20 killer whales that were spotted in Eyjafjördur fjord in north Iceland last summer.

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