SKELETON COAST Mystery as 50 dead whales found washed up on remote beach in Iceland

The majestic pilot whales were spotted on the shore at Longufjorur, on Thursday, by a plane flying overhead.

 Fifty dead pilot whales have been found washed up at Longufjorur in Iceland on Thursday
Fifty dead pilot whales have been found washed up at Longufjorur in Iceland on ThursdayCredit: Reuters

Pilot David Schwarzhans said he and his passengers counted the whales as they were flying.

“There might  have been more,” he said, “some were already buried in sand.”

Officials believe the whales died as a result of dehydration.

It is not completely understood why pilot whales become stranded in large numbers.

Pilot whales are members of the dolphin family that can grow up to 20 feet (6 meters) long and weigh as much as 3 tons (2.7 metric tons).

They are often involved in mass strandings because of their social nature, according to the American Cetacean Society.

They swim in really tight groups, but experts have said the mammals become confused, when they enter shallow waters.https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9552039/dead-whales-found-remote-beach-iceland/

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