Eight pilot whales dead, six unaccounted for

(WBBH) Eight of the pilot whales that were stranded in shallow water near New Pass, Florida have died, and rescuers continue to search for six others.

The Coast Guard has a slow speed zone enforced in the area while they search for the other whales, but they aren't hopeful.

Four of the dead whales were euthanized and four died on their own.

Biologists will work on the six dead whales on Lovers Key to determine cause of death.

Two of the dead whales have been sent to a FWC lab in St. Petersburg.

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