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11 more whales found dead in Florida

From Janet DiGiacomo, CNN
updated 5:18 AM EST, Mon December 9, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 22 pilot whales have died; 29 are still missing
  • Scientists are working to determine their cause of death
  • NOAA: " The outlook for finding the remaining whales alive is bleak"

(CNN) -- Eleven pilot whales were found dead Sunday in the lower Florida Keys, doubling the number of dead whales found in the past week.

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe the 11 whales were part of an pod of 51 whales stranded on the edge of Everglades National Park.

Scientists are working to determine their cause of death.

Officials in boats monitor dozens of pilot whales that are stranded in shallow water in a remote area of Florida's Everglades National Park, on Wednesday, December 4. Officials in boats monitor dozens of pilot whales that are stranded in shallow water in a remote area of Florida's Everglades National Park, on Wednesday, December 4.
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"This totals 22 dead whales and 29 still missing," NOAA said in a statement. "Given our knowledge of past mass pilot whales strandings, the outlook for finding the remaining whales alive is bleak."

The last time the group was spotted alive was Friday. Then, a pod of 20 whales was seen five nautical miles offshore, moving inshore and in a southward direction.

They were reportedly swimming slowly and in a disorganized fashion, which could have suggested exhaustion, dehydration or malnutrition, according to NOAA.

Pilot whales are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, but they are not endangered.

Mass strandings by pilot whales are not altogether uncommon in Florida.

In 2012, nearly two dozen pilot whales stranded and beached themselves. In 2011, 23 pilot whales stranded and beached themselves.

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