Mystery as dozens of dead whales are found beached in Iceland

More than 50 dead pilot whales have been found washed up on a remote beach in western Iceland.

Tourists on a helicopter sightseeing tour spotted the carcasses in Löngufjörur on Thursday. 

David Schwarzhans, a pilot for Reykjavik Helicopters, said he and his passengers counted 50 long-finned pilot whales washed up on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Mr Schwarzhans said ‘there might have been more. Some were already buried in sand’.

More than 50 dead pilot whales have been found washed up on a remote beach in western Iceland

More than 50 dead pilot whales have been found washed up on a remote beach in western Iceland

More than 50 dead pilot whales have been found washed up on a remote beach in western Iceland

David Schwarzhans, a pilot who spotted the dead long-finned pilot whales while on a helicopter tour of the area said there may have been more as some were already buried

David Schwarzhans, a pilot who spotted the dead long-finned pilot whales while on a helicopter tour of the area said there may have been more as some were already buried

David Schwarzhans, a pilot who spotted the dead long-finned pilot whales while on a helicopter tour of the area said there may have been more as some were already buried

He said the whales were concentrated in one spot and described it as ‘a very sad scene’.

The whales are believed to have swum ashore at the same time and died of dehydration.

The pilot whale is notorious for stranding in mass numbers, for reasons that are not entirely understood.

Last year, local people got a large group of whales to turn away from a spot on the opposite side of the peninsula. 

He said the whales were concentrated in one spot and described it as 'a very sad scene'

He said the whales were concentrated in one spot and described it as 'a very sad scene'

He said the whales were concentrated in one spot and described it as ‘a very sad scene’

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