A pod of pilot whales seems to have finally abandoned Kolgrafafjörður fjord after two attempts to herd the animals out, RÚV reports. Search and Rescue teams used boats to herd the animals out into deeper waters on Sunday night, only for the pod to return again the following day. After one of the whales got stranded on the bank, Search and Rescue teams came to its rescue and once more herded the pod out of the fjord, this time further out into the sea. The whales have not been spotted in the fjord since.
“It seems to have worked,” stated Einar Þór Strand, one of the Search and Rescue team members. Einar says Search and Rescue teams will be on standby in case the whales appear in the fjord again.
Bjarni Sigurbjörnsson, a resident of the area told RÚV it was the first time he has seen pilot whales in Kolgrafafjörður in over 20 years working in the area, and indeed the animals tend to stick to deeper waters.