Eleven whales are dead, five are missing and 35 have been herded out to deeper water after a large group of pilot whales became stranded in shallow water along the Florida coast on Tuesday.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), six whales were found dead and another four that couldn't be saved were euthanized after they beached themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park. Another 41 whales were still stuck in shallow water along the coast on Wednesday as rescue workers tried to coax them out to sea. However, pilot whales are naturally very social and will remain with stranded members of their pod, even if it puts them in danger. Complicating matters further, the whales' location would require them to cross over sand bars and more shallow areas before they could make it to deeper water. As of dusk on Wednesday, when the rescue attempts had to be called off for the night, all 41 remaining whales were still stranded.
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