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More than 80 false killer whales kill in South Florida

(NOAA Fish Southeast)

More than 80 false killer whales have died after they stranded off Everglades National Park at the weekend in the largest stranding of the kind in history.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said that the reports of the stranded mammal for the first time came on Saturday afternoon, but rescue operations by multiple agencies at the weekend were not successful.

NOAA and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told WSVN that the whales were scattered over the beach, with many getting entangled in mangroves in the western part of the Everglades National Park.

Officials said that 72 of the stranded false killer whales died on their own, 9 were killed, 13 were missing and a whale was seen “looking for life,” WSVN reported.

95 false killer whales stranded from Hog Key, 81 dead, 1 alive, seen, ~13 missing pic.twitter.com/rrltA7iVB6

— NOAA Fish Southeast (@NOAAFish_SERO) January 16, 2017

As of Monday, there was no word on what led to the mass stranding of whales, but NOAA Fisheries Southeast marine mammal Stranding Network coordinator Blair Mase told the FLORIDA Keys News that biologists examine the dead mammals to determine the cause.

The officials told WSVN that they will continue the search for a whale which might have in life.

False killer whale stranding area around the scene in the Everglades is closed, according to the National Park Service-ask for no bridges or boats for safety pic.twitter.com/XMHhTcsFMf

— NOAA Fish Southeast (@NOAAFish_SERO) January 16, 2017

NOAA reports that there are only two other known beachings of false killers whales. Twenty beached themselves in Key West in 1986, and 40 were stranded out of Cedar Key in 1989.

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