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NOAA says six whales have died and 45 are still stranded. (NBC 6 South Florida/Twitter)
NOAA says six whales have died and 45 are still stranded. (NBC 6 South Florida/Twitter)

Federal officials say six pilot whales have died after stranding in shallow water in a remote area of Everglades National Park.

Blair Mase, a marine mammal specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson that 46 whales are swimming in about 3 feet of water.

Mase says the whales are short fin pilot whales that are known to inhabit deep water, "so they are very out of their home range."

Yesterday, officials found the whales beached or stranded in a remote area of the park near Highland Beach in northern Monroe County.

Mase says pilot whales usually swim in large groups and are one of the most common mass strandings "because they are a cohesive species."

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this article.

Guest

  • Blair Mase, marine mammal specialist with NOAA and the southeast regional leader for the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

This segment aired on December 4, 2013.

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