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Necropsies continue on whales beached off Lee County


Biologists are continuing to perform necropsies on eight pilot whales that died in shallow waters off Fort Myers Beach.

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Services are planning an aerial survey Wednesday morning.

Dozens of pilot whales swam close to shore this week in Lee and Collier counties. Eight whales have died in the waters off Lover’s Key State Park, and officials said six other whales were unaccounted for.

Pilot whales typically live in deep waters far from shore. Biologists say swimming into shore may be a sign that the whales were suffering from some kind of toxicity or disease.

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