Massive ‘Sea Elephant’ Emerges From Ocean Near Iceland Coast

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 23, 2015 Updated: October 23, 2015

A rock formation off the coast of Iceland appears to look like a giant elephant emerging from the water.

The rock formation is located on the island of Heimaey, and it appears to be made entirely of basalt rock, which has an uncanny resemblance to elephant skin.

Epoch Times Photo
“Roca del elefante, Heimaey, Islas Vestman, Suðurland, Islandia, 2014-08-17, DD 036” by Diego Delso. (Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Heimaey is the largest island in Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, which is young set of islands formed via volcanoes. Eldfell, a volcano on Heimaey, last erupted in 1973.

The elephant on this island’s coast is formed from the volcanic basalt on the island.

Epoch Times Photo
“Roca del elefante, Heimaey, Islas Vestman, Suðurland, Islandia, 2014-08-17, DD 036” by Diego Delso. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Heimaey, the largest island, has a population of around 4,135. The other islands are uninhabited but have single hunting cabins.

When Eldfell erupted, about one-fifth of the town on the island, also called Vestmannaeyjar, was destroyed before the lava flow was stopped by nearly 6.8 billion liters of sea water.

Of note, from 1998 to 2003, the island of Heimaey was the home to killer whale Keiko, who starred in “Free Willy.”

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.