Over 80 false killer whales have died in the Hog Key area of the Everglades National Park in Florida. The pod stranded too close to the beach, but there are still around 12 whales that still have a chance of being saved.
The stranding network coordinator Blair Mase said that the whales were “deeply embedded in some of the mangroves making response efforts extremely difficult.”
He also added that “we consider this a rare occurrence” and the stranding is the largest in the history of the species. As of now, there is no known reason for the stranding but officials say that they will examine the mammals to find out whatever they can.
False killer whales belong to a different genera within Delphinidae but share some characteristics with killer whales. Both, for example, will attack and kill other marine mammals.