Biologists monitor pilot whales off SW Florida

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Two pilot whales have died and a third was to be euthanized after they beached themselves in southwest Florida.

Kim Amendola of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service said the mammals were among a group of about four dozen whales that swam into shallow waters Monday.

NOAA regional stranding coordinator Blair Mase said necropsies would be performed on the dead whales. She said the surviving whales were listless and emaciated.

A handful of the mammals were stranded near shore in Lee County, while more than a dozen others were seen swimming nearby. Yet another dozen were spotted farther offshore.

Amendola said officials also are monitoring about two dozen other pilot whales that swam into shallow waters off Naples on Sunday.


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