Hope for stranded Florida whales

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Vultures and dead pilot whales that beached themselves and became stranded in Everglades National Park, are seen on the southwestern Florida coast. REUTERS/Alan Diaz/Pool

Everglades National Park, Florida - US wildlife officials say 24 whales believed to be part of a pod found stranded in Florida's Everglades have not been located again by air, a potentially encouraging sign they have moved farther offshore.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stranding coordinator Blair Mase says a Coast Guard air search Friday also found a group of seven whales swimming up to 14 feet (4 meters) of water south of where they were located a day before.

Two other whales were seen floating in shallow water near the shore of Plover Key.

A fishing guide discovered several beached whales and dozens of others in the waters off a remote section of the Everglades Tuesday. Six were found dead the next day and four others were euthanized.


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