4 whales die, others trapped off Florida’s Everglades park

Posted at 11:59 AM, Dec 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-04 11:59:11-05

By Kim Segal

(CNN) — Four beached whales have died and about 30 other whales are trapped in shallow water off Florida’s Everglades National Park, a park spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Wildlife officials are trying to rescue the remaining whales, which were found Tuesday either stranded on the park’s remote Highland Beach or trapped the shallow water nearby, Everglades park spokeswoman Linda Friar said.

Rangers found an unspecified number of whales beached, and others in the shallow water, after a fishing guide reported seeing one of the whales Tuesday afternoon, Friar said.

Wildlife workers were able to get some of the beached whales back into the water, but four died on the beach, she said.

The whales are believed to have approached the beach at high tide, but were unable to leave when the tide was over, she said.

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