Glimmer of hope emerges for stranded Everglades pilot whales as pod found in deeper water

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EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. — Wildlife officials prepared Thursday to use sound and other herding techniques to try to save pilot whales in danger of stranding in Florida as a glimmer of hope emerged for at least 20 of the animals spotted swimming in life-saving deeper water.

Blair Mase, a fisheries stranding co-ordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said a Coast Guard helicopter found two pods of whales in about 3.6 metres of water, “significantly north” of their previous location in Everglades National Park. The short-finned pilot whale is a deep-water species that cannot survive long in the shallows.

Another NOAA strandings official, Liz Stratton, said the pod in deeper water could reach as many as 30 animals and that they were about 18 kilometres offshore at midday.

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“The challenge for them will be to continue to get in the water they are supposed to…

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