Necropsies performed on the 11 whales found dead in the Florida Keys show that they were emaciated and suffering from malnutrition.

Pilot Whales
Pilot Whales (Jeff J Mitchell, Getty Images)
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stranding coordinator Blair Mase said Monday that the whales' empty bellies could be a result of disease or of being out of the deep, cooler waters that form their natural habitat.

A fisherman found the 11 whales lying near one another Sunday in Snipe Point, on an island chain northwest of Key West.

The whales are believed to be part of a pod of 51 whales originally found stranded on a remote Everglades beach last Tuesday. Six other whales were found dead Wednesday, and four more had to be euthanized. Another was found dead Thursday.

Twenty-nine whales remain unaccounted for.

 

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