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.