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Dozens Of Pilot Whales Are Stranded In Shallow Water In Florida

Marine scientists say their future “does not look good”.

Fishermen spotted the whales, several of which had beached themselves, on Tuesday night. They’re in shallow water in the Everglades National Park.

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The outlook for them isn’t promising.

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There are 41 stranded whales. Six more were found dead, and four others had to be put down.


They are in a remote area near Highland Beach, the western boundary of the park and about 20 miles east of where they normally live.


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Blair Mase, a marine mammal scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told CNN the environment was making rescue attempts difficult:


It’s a very difficult situation […] Even in high tide, you’re going to have a series of sandbars and sand flats.

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Such strandings are common. Last year, nearly two dozen pilot whales stranded and beached themselves in Florida.

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Alan White is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
Contact Alan White at alan.white@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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