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Eight whales dead after swimming into shallow Florida waters

General January 21, 2014

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) – Eight pilot whales died and dozens more were being monitored on Tuesday after the animals wandered into shallow waters off Florida’s west coast, scientists said. Four of the whales died naturally and four were euthanized after they left the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Fort Myers, officials said. “These animals are showing signs of being underweight, being dehydrated, and they’ve likely been out of their home range,” said Blair Mase, a regional marine stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “We have no idea why they’re in shore.” Wildlife officials also were watching a group of 23 whales that swam into shallow waters near Naples on Florida’s southwest coast over the weekend.

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