Published December 22, 2016
Wildlife workers will try again Thursday to lead 41 pilot whales out of dangerously shallow waters in Everglades National Park and back to the deep ocean waters where they belong.
The whales are stranded in a remote area near Highland Beach, the western boundary of Everglades National Park and about 20 miles east of where they normally live. It takes more than an hour to reach the spot from the nearest boat ramp and there is no cellphone service, complicating rescue efforts.
Of the 51 whales that ended up in the Everglades, six were found dead, and four had to be euthanized.
Workers from the National Park Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spent all day Wednesday trying to herd the whales toward the ocean, but the marine mammals weren't cooperating.