Stranded whales move to deeper water in Everglades

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:43:58 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 05 2013 12:21:51 PM EST

Wildlife workers in boats struggled to coax nearly four dozen pilot whales out of dangerous shallow waters in Florida's Everglades National Park, hoping to spare them the fate of 10 others that already have died.

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. -

Wildlife officials say as many as 20 pilot whales in danger of stranding in Everglades National Park are swimming into deeper water.

Blair Mase, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said on Thursday that a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the two pods of whales swimming several miles north of their previous location. The whales were in about 12 feet of water.

Mase tells reporters that wildlife workers plan to try using noise such as banging on pipes and revving boat engines to herd the whales out to the open ocean.

At least 10 whales have died since the mass stranding was discovered Tuesday. There were 41 alive at dusk Wednesday.

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