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Saving the Whales: Killer Whales Beach in North Iceland

The search and rescue team in Þórshöfn in Northeast Iceland saved two killer whales which beached on Langanes peninsula this afternoon, Þórshöfn police Jón Stefánsson told Iceland Review.

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killerwhalesthorshofn02_290413_ls_mblThe rescue operation. Copyright: Líney Sigurðardóttir/Morgunblaðið.

“Seven killer whales swam ashore on Langanes, just east of the village. Two were dead by the time we arrived but we could save two and now we’re waiting for a big excavator to dig a hole underneath the three remaining killer whales, two calves and one adult. Then we have to wait for the flood at three am. Then we will tray to get them out to open sea,” Jón stated.

killerwhalesthorshofn_mapThe killer whales beached in Heiðarhöfn on Langanes.

Local reporter Líney Sigurðardóttir told Iceland Review that one of the calves has been rescued several times. “But he always swims back to the shore. I hope the operation tonight will be a success.”

Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review

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