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Pilot whales, like the wild ones pictured here, were released back into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday after beaching near Redington Beach.
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Two pilot whales that beached themselves on Redington Beach Monday were released back into the Gulf of Mexico Thursday.

A group of five beached whales appeared on Redington Beach this morning.
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Wildlife officials spent Monday rescuing a group of five whales that beached themselves on Redington Beach that morning.

Officials with Clearwater Marine Aquarium used trucks and boats to transport the whales to safe locations.

Wildlife officials say the death toll is mounting for pilot whales along the southwest Florida coastline.

Boaters discovered 25 dead pilot whales on an island off the Gulf coast Thursday, raising the death toll to 33.

The whales were found on Kice Island, south of Naples and near Marco Island, said Blair Mase, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stranding coordinator. They appeared to have been there for about 24 hours, and are part of a pod first seen on Sunday.

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Eight pilot whales have died in shallow waters off Florida's southwest coast, and six others remain unaccounted for, authorities said Tuesday.

The Coast Guard temporarily closed the area to traffic in the area and ordered boaters to reduce speeds off the shores near Fort Myers as they searched for the other whales. Of the eight deceased whales, veterinarians euthanized four of them.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has stopped boat traffic in an area of southwest Florida where a pod of pilot whales stranded.

On Monday, two whales died and two others were euthanized after beaching themselves south of Lover's Key near Fort Myers.

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National wildlife officials say 11 whales believed to be part of a pod that was stranded in the Everglades are dead.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official Blair Mase says wildlife workers spotted the dead whales Sunday afternoon on Snipe Point, about six miles north of Sugarloaf Key.

That brings the overall death toll to 22.

Whales Stranded Off Florida: From Despair to Optimism

Dec 6, 2013
WPLG

When National Park Service volunteers Donna and John Buckley left a pod of 41 stranded whales Wednesday evening, their optimism was starting to wane.

Up To 20 Stranded Whales Moved to Deeper Water

Dec 5, 2013
Associated Press

Wildlife officials say as many as 20 pilot whales in danger of stranding in Everglades National Park are swimming into deeper water.

Blair Mase of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the two pods of whales swimming several miles north of their previous location. The whales were in about 12 feet of water.

Scientists will be putting down the PowerPoint presentation and picking up a cold one at bars around the world next week, including at a quartet of Bay area pubs. 

It's part of the Pint of Science Festival, which launched in the United Kingdom in 2012, and has grown to 21 cities in 6 countries this year.

The Festival encourages scientists to talk about their work in "plain English."