25 pilot whales found dead near Marco Island

Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:52 a.m.

FORT MYERS BEACH — Wildlife officials say the death toll is mounting fora pilot whales along the southwest Florida coastline.

On Thursday, 25 dead whales were spotted near Kice Island south of Naples, near Marco Island. The News-Press of Fort Myers (http://bit.ly/1eiQ9tg ) reports at least 33 pilot whales have been found dead in the area since Sunday.

Boaters spotted the whales on Thursday and alerted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Biologists suspect they'd been beached for about 24 hours.

State biologists are expected to begin necropsies on the whales Friday.

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