Rescuers to suspend search for stranded whales

2013-12-08 18:35

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Miami - Rescuers involved in the search for 40 pilot whales still stranded in Florida said they will suspend their operations on Sunday after failing to spot the animals via air and sea.

The mysterious mass stranding in a remote area off the US state of Florida's Everglades National Park was first reported on Tuesday. A total of 11 whales have died so far during the ordeal.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which led the search, said on Saturday it could no longer see the whales, whose fate has been unknown since Friday.

"We are standing down operations tomorrow [Sunday]," NOAA Fisheries said on its Twitter account.

"If we get reports of pilot whales teams will mobilise ASAP."

The last report from NOAA marine mammal scientist Blair Mase on Friday suggested it was "encouraging" that 24 of the mammals had not been located.

We are "hoping they are out to sea," Mase told reporters in a conference call. But she acknowledged she was "not certain" the missing group had made its way out of difficult, shallow waters to safety.

Of the 11 whales that perished, four had to be euthanised after they became unable to breathe, hydrate and feed in the shallow waters less than 0.9m deep off Highland Beach on the Gulf Coast.

It was still unclear why the whales swam to the warm, shallow waters. The beaching occurred in a very isolated part of southern Florida in Monroe County, where there is no cell phone reception.

Read more on:    us  |  marine life

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.