Boaters discovered 25 dead pilot whales on an island off Florida’s southwest coast Thursday, raising the death toll to 33.
Biologists are continuing to perform necropsies on eight pilot whales that died in shallow waters off southwest Florida.
A total of eight pilot whales have died in the waters off the state’s southwest coast Tuesday, and a total of six remain unaccounted for Tuesday.
Eleven of the pilot whales found dead in the Florida Keys were found to be emaciated and suffering from malnutrition, according to federal officials Monday.
Eleven whales believed to be part of a pod that was stranded in the Everglades are dead, according to national wildlife officials.
Wildlife experts were “cautiously hopeful” Thursday as dozens of short-finned pilot whales stranded Tuesday seemed to be heading back to home range in deeper waters. But after aerial observation, 20 of the whales were spotted moving closer toward shore, raising a red flag to experts.
The fate for the remaining live pilot whales seemed bleak Wednesday as the miles between them and their home-range of deeper waters had shallows and sand flats in-between—making it difficult to navigate. However, on Thursday, experts’ optimism boosted as 35 of the whales seem to be headed in the right direction.
The carcass of a 40-foot female sperm whale was found early Monday near the International Fishing Pier in Deerfield Beach.