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Photos: Pilot Whales in Trouble off Everglades

  • Herding whales

    Rescuers attempted to herd a group of 41 pilot whales in Everglades National Park into deeper water on Dec. 4 but failed.
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    CREDIT: Associated Press / YouTube
  • Stranded

    A dead pilot whale in the Everglades National Park on Dec. 4. So far, 10 have died.
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    CREDIT: Associated Press / YouTube
  • Whales by the shore

    The move toward the sea, away from the Everglades, is encouraging, Mase said. "We are cautiously optimistic," she said during a telephone news conference. On Dec. 5 crews from NOAA and the National Park Service helped guide the whales toward the sea by pl
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    CREDIT: National Park Service
  • Whale in trouble

    This is a whale near the shore on Dec. 4. At 2:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 5, though, when workers turned back to shore, the remaining 35 pilot whales were seen heading toward sea 6 miles (10 kilometers) from shore, in 16 feet (5 m) of water, Mase said. But the w
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    CREDIT: National Park Service
  • Dead whales

    Several dead pilot whales.
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    CREDIT: National Park Service
Rescuers attempted to herd a group of 41 pilot whales in Everglades National Park into deeper water on Dec. 4 but failed. Today (Dec. 5) they are headed to sea, a good sign, although 5 more are missing. The whales had strayed into water as shallow as 3 feet (1 meter), which is dangerous for them — they are typically found in much deeper waters, said Blair Mase, a marine mammal specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries service.

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