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Dozens of whales trapped in shallow water in Everglades National Park

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EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) -- Federal officials say 10 of the dozens of whales stranded in Florida's Everglades National Park are now dead.
 
Blair Mase, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says four of the pilot whales were euthanized Wednesday. Six others had already died.
 
Rescuers have been trying to coax the whales into deeper waters with little success. Nearly four dozen whales had been stranded in about 3 feet of water.
 
Pilot whales travel in close-knit pods and it is not uncommon for more than one to get stranded.
 
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EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK (WKOW) -- Dozens of short-finned pilot whales are trapped in shallow water off Florida's Everglades National Park.

Wildlife officials say six have died and nearly 50 others are stuck near the beach. Crews able to get some of the beached whales back into the water.

CNN reports the whales are believed to have approached the beach at high tide but were unable to leave when the tide dropped, according to Everglades park spokeswoman Linda Friar.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine mammal scientist Blair Mase says they're stranded in "miles and miles" of shallow water. Officials were prepared to euthanize them if needed but are just observing them, Mase said.

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