Friday, December 13, 2013
Effective Management of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration U.S. ( NOAA) resumed this morning the rescue of the 41 whales stranded in shallow waters near Highland Beach, a task that is difficult to be in an area of difficult access .
The aim of the team of specialists , who has joined the U.S. Coast Guard , is to lead the surviving whales into deeper waters , a very difficult task , mainly because living cetaceans refuse to leave , apparently to fish dead , officials said .
According to the broadcast images , several specimens found dead and lying on the beach and others floating in the water .
Such frequent in the Gulf of Mexico , whales can grow to about 20 feet .
The waters where they have been stranded just have a meter deep , which makes very difficult the rescue , as the area is only accessible by boat and does not allow handling larger vessels , he told local media spokesperson NOAA Blair Mase .
Whales are the kind of "pilot" or " finned " , are protected and are abundant in the Atlantic Ocean , usually travel in large groups and it is not surprising that sometimes become disoriented and end up stranded in shallow water .
The last time a similar incident occurred in Florida was in May 2011 when another 16 whales of the same species were caught in Key West . In 2003 another 28 suffered the same situation, also in the Florida Keys , and many of them died.