Officials Cease Rescue Efforts of Whales
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials are ceasing efforts to rescue a pod of whales that was stranded in the Everglades after losing sight of the marine mammals.
The National Park Service says aerial and boat survey teams could not locate the whales Saturday, a potentially encouraging sign that they have moved farther offshore.
The pod of short-finned pilot whales was first spotted by a fishing guide Tuesday in the waters off a remote section of the Everglades. Six were found dead the next day, and four others were euthanized. Another dead whale was confirmed Thursday.
The short-finned pilot whale is one of the most common species involved in mass strandings.
While authorities are hopeful the whales are headed back to the deeper, colder waters that form their natural habitat, they cannot say for sure.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Humpback Whale Carcass Washes Ashore
- Pilot Whales Found Dead in Florida
- Dead Whale in Boston Harbor
- United Nations Security Council Calls for Cease Fire
- Franklin Crate Ceases Operations
- Cease-Fire Negotiations Underway in Syria
- Florida Search and Rescue Team Prepares to Aid in Hurricane Relief
- Seaworld Staff Take Part in Dolphin Rescue
- Two Rescued and Two Missing off Horseshoe Beach
- Coast Guard Rescues Farmer at Sea