At least 50 dolphins have been spotted in the Oslo Fjord during the past few days. Researchers think they’re hunting for mackerel, which is plentiful at this time of the year.
One flock of dolphins was observed in the Bunnfjord, literally where the Oslo Fjord bottoms out due south of Oslo and on the southeast side of the Nesodden peninsula.
More were seen around Hvalstrand in Asker, very close to a popular swimming beach. The dolphins delighted observers by arching and jumping above the water.
“It seems as though there are these two large flocks,” the deputy leader of the Oslo Fjord’s outdoor council, Kjell Johannessen, told newspaper Aftenposten. Dolphins have also been seen off Nesoddtangen, at the northern tip of the peninsula where the ferry to and from Oslo operates. The council called the mass sightings of dolphins “a bit of a sensation.”
Police urged the public to keep their distance, so as not to disturb the dolphins. “They’re curious about boats, but folks are also very curious about the dolphins,” wrote the police in a message on social media. “That can stress the dolphins.”