Pilot Whales Found Dead in Florida
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA- Researchers are investigating why a growing number of pilot whales are being found dead off the coast of Southwest Florida. Full autopsies were performed on six of the whales Friday and officials found no obvious signs of human interaction. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries service said the whales were part of a pod first spotted in the area last Sunday. NOAA said the pilot whale stranding’s these past two months have been anything but normal.
"You just feel like they're hopeless. I mean, that they tried whatever they could to survive and this is it. The end of the story," said Captain Dan Mercier.
Thirty-three whales have died this week. Twenty-five of those found dead Thursday in Collier County.
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