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Orca Found Beached in North Iceland

An orca that ICE-SAR rescued from a stone sea wall along the village of Þórshöfn in Northeast Iceland on Friday night beached again just outside of the harbour at 7.30am on Saturday, RÚV reports. The whale had died by the time it was found.

One of the whale’s three rescuers, Þorsteinn Ægir Egilsson, said that the animal was disoriented when it was found, but was breathing well when it was released and was left to return to the sea on its own. This was done in accordance with guidance that the rescue team received from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority.

Unfortunately, the orca returned to shore and beached again after being rescued. Police had been notified, but no further comment was available from them at the time of writing.

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