SNIPE POINT (CBSMiami/AP) — Eleven of the pilot whales found dead in the Florida Keys were found to be emaciated and suffering from malnutrition, according to federal officials Monday.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stranding coordinator Blair Mase said the whales’ empty bellies could be a result of disease or of being out of the deep, cooler waters that form their natural habitat.
“Really we don’t know how long they’ve been in the area and we don’t have any clues of why they got here in the first place,” she said in a conference call with the media. It could be weeks to months before the results of the necropsies come in, she said, and “there is a possibility there could be more whales in the area.”
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A fisherman found the 11 whales lying near each other Sunday in Snipe Point, on an island chain…
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