CUDJOE KEY, Florida Keys — Marine mammal rescuers responded to a mass stranding of pilot whales late Thursday afternoon off the lower Florida Keys.
Art Cooper, chairman of the Marine Mammal Conservancy, said that officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and MMC have located at least 15 pilot whales in three separate areas in shallow Gulf of Mexico waters near Cudjoe Key. One is believed to be a calf.
Cooper said responders were to try to gather the whales and move them to one location for the safey of the animals and rescuers.
It is not known why the whales stranded, Cooper said, adding that there are no visible injuries to the marine mammals.
Cooper said he has requested additional personnel support and resources from other marine mammal organizations.