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Þorsteinn Sigurðsson, manager of the Marine Research Institute’s exploitable marine stock division did not dismiss Runólfur’s theory but stated that the ocean temperature had been around zero, which the herring is supposed to be able to handle.
Bjarni Sigurbjörnsson, a resident at the farm Eiði by Kolgrafafjörður, said whales and birds have taken advantage of the incident and been feasting on the buffet of nature.
Biologist Róbert Arnar Stefánsson from Stykkishólmur went to the site on Saturday to study the circumstances, mbl.is reports.
He rules out that the herring died due to lack of food as it didn’t look undernourished and that the herring was driven ashore by hunting killer whales or seals because of the sheer quantity.
“People are leaning towards the theory of a sudden cooling. It’s not the least likely explanation,” Róbert commented, adding he hoped the Marine Research Institute’s research would lead to a definite conclusion.
The condition of the herring in the fjord was examined from a boat last weekend. According to skessuhorn.is, an immense amount of dead herring was found on the ocean floor but no sign of life. - Iceland Review.