Up to 20 whales swimming in deeper waters as rescue attempt in Florida continues
After conducting a necropsy, volunteers and staff from NOAA, FWC, MMC wash bloodied hands in the Gulf of Mexico on a dead pilot whale Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at Highland Beach in The Everglades of Florida. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine)
Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 7:11AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 5, 2013 12:38PM EST
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. - Wildlife officials say as many as 20 pilot whales in danger of stranding in Florida's Everglades National Park are swimming into deeper water.
Blair Mase of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 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 3.66 metres 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 Thursday.
At least 10 whales have died since the mass stranding was discovered Tuesday. There were 41 alive at dusk Wednesday.