Hours after wildlife officials closed the books on last week's stranding of 51 pilot whales in a remote stretch of the Everglades with hopes the survivors made it out to sea, a call from the Lower Keys fractured those hopes.
On Sunday, 11 more whales were found dead, raising the toll to 22.
The discovery came more than a day after Coast Guard searchers lost contact with the pod. The spot is 60 miles from the Everglades stranding - in the direction the pod was heading. If they are from the same pod, that leaves 29 animals still unaccounted for.
Scientists aren't any closer to understanding what caused the Everglades beaching. Necropsies are being performed. So far no sign of trauma has been found - Palm Beach Post