81 False Killer Whale Dolphins Were Stranded And Killed In The Everglades
In the worst mass stranding of dolphins in Florida history, over 90 false killer whales found themselves stranded in the everglades, and with 81 dead, only one has been confirmed alive. Find out more here:
Over the weekend, a total of 95 false killer whales, a breed of dolphin, were stranded in the Florida Everglades. Found much too late, only one has been confirmed as a survivor, thirteen or fourteen remain unaccounted for, nine had to be humanely euthanized, and seventy-two died, trapped in mangrove plants.
While there have been strandings of false killer whales in the past, previous strandings have only claimed a few lives, whereas this one left very few survivors. The location of this particular stranding seems to have been one of the primary factors in its horrific death toll.
There was unfortunately not much that we could do for them. They were high and dry on very wide mud flats and trapped in mangroves... It's in a very very challenging location... About an hour to an hour and a half by boat to get there.
Officials have asked that anyone who finds a stranded false killer whale, living or dead, report it to their stranding network. But we would like to know...
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