Sputnik News – January 18, 2017
Close to 100 dolphins have died after being stranded in south Florida’s Everglades National Park. On Monday officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said the animals, called false killer whales, were stranded off Hog Key, with some of the carcasses deeply set within the mangroves.
The remains of 72 dolphins were discovered Saturday afternoon, and according to officials, one whale was spotted alive, while another 13 remain unaccounted for. Nine of the animals were humanely euthanized.
No boats or flyovers are allowed near the scene as the National Park Service has closed off the area for safety reasons. Necropsies are being performed on the deceased dolphins and a team is taking samples from the scene. The cause for the stranding and subsequent deaths is still unknown.