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Following the shoals of herring – with a pod of killer whales


Kolgrafafjordur, Iceland: The snow-dusted peaks create a natural amphitheatre, amplifying the explosive whooshes of air exhaled through the orcas' blowholes

The air is saturated with the stench of rotting fish. An estimated 22,000 tons of herring have died here due to low oxygen levels in the water. Tarnished silver bodies blanket the shore, more lie at the bottom of the fjord, their decomposing flesh turning the water a milky aquamarine. Mobs of ravens peck at the thick band of cream-coloured fat marking the tide line and a sated white-tailed sea eagle loafs on a rock. Gannets dive like volleys of arrow...