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Workers Try Again to Save Whales in Everglades

Stranded Pilot Whales

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife workers are returning to Everglades National Park in Florida on Thursday to try leading 41 pilot whales out of dangerously shallow waters and back to the ocean where they belong.

The whales were spotted Tuesday in a remote area on the western boundary of the park and about 20 miles east of where they normally live. It takes more than an hour to reach the spot from the nearest boat ramp and there is no cellphone service, complicating rescue efforts.

Of the 51 whales that ended up in the Everglades, six were found dead, and four had to be euthanized.

Workers from the National Park Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spent Wednesday trying to herd the whales toward the ocean, but the marine mammals weren’t cooperating.

10 Whales Dead, Dozens Stranded in Everglades

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