MIAMI – Officials say dozens of false killer whales have died after stranding itself in the Gulf of Mexico west of the Florida Everglades.
Blair Mase of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries service, told reporters that the coast guard had confirmed sightings on Saturday of the black dolphins in the shallow water on the western edge of the Everglades National Park.
Mase says efforts to herd the marine mammals into deeper waters failed. Monday afternoon, 81 of the animals had died or were killed. Mase said more than a dozen more were believed to have also stranded but not found.
It is unclear what the cause of the stranding. Mase said the rescue teams faced many challenges in the remote site from Hog Key, such as sharks in the water and thick mangroves that the fall of the moribund status of the animals.