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Dozens of false killer whales stranded in the Gulf have died

ICYMI: Dozens of false killer whales stranded in the Gulf have died.

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Dozens of false killer whales have died after stranding themselves in the Gulf of Mexico, reported NOAA.

@BN9: ICYMI: Dozens of false killer whales stranded in the Gulf have died.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, dozens of false killer whales have died after stranding themselves in the Gulf of Mexico, west of the Florida Everglades. 

False killer whales are not directly related to the killer whale, but rather a large member of the dolphin family. 

Their similarity to killer whales is the shape of their skull. The scientific name means “thick-tooth,” referring to their pointed teeth and fierce, predatory behavior in the open seas, according to Oceana. 

Rescue teams tried to herd the black dolphins into deeper waters, but that attempt failed, Mase reported. 

NOAA said rescue teams faced many challenges off Hog Key, including sharks in the water and thick mangroves that ensnared the dying animals. 

By Monday afternoon, 81 of the animals had died or been euthanized. Over a dozen more were believed to have been stranded but had not been found. 

It’s still unclear what caused the stranding. 

Dozens of false killer whales stranded in the Gulf have died

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