Tuesday, May 22, 2018
News Roundup

Officials find 11 dead whales in Fla. Keys

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK — National wildlife officials say 11 whales believed to be part of a pod that was stranded in the Everglades are dead.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official Blair Mase said wildlife workers spotted the dead whales Sunday afternoon on Snipe Point, about 6 miles north of Sugarloaf Key.

That brings the overall death toll to 22.

The pod of 51 short-finned pilot whales was first spotted by a fishing guide Tuesday in shallow water off a remote section of the Everglades.

The species is one of the most commonly involved in mass strandings.

Mase said veterinary teams will try to determine whether any disease was a factor in the deaths.

Officials do not know the status of the remaining whales. The marine mammals were last seen alive Friday.

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