US tourists on board a helicopter over an area in eastern Iceland found 50 "dead whales" on the beach, the radio station ROV said in Iceland.

Tourists discovered the dead whales yesterday when the helicopter was flying over the peninsula of Snaifelsnes, photographed the scene and then told the police.

This type of whale, one of the largest species, belongs to the family of dolphins, and it is not clear how these whales have reached the shore, or how long they have been there.

One possible explanation is that the families of this type of whale have strong social relationships, which means they may follow each other to the shore.

And that shallow water makes it difficult for whales to swim in order to return to deep water.

It is common for people of this species to break off at this time of the year, in unusual numbers.