Pod of Pilot Whales Stranded Along Fla. Beach

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) -- Rescuers are struggling to help a pod of pilot whales that beached at a South Florida state park.

20 whales including adults and juveniles came ashore Saturday morning at Avalon Beach State Park.

Officials from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are triaging the whales to determine which can be saved and which may have to be euthanized. It's unclear why the whales became stranded.

TCPalm (http://tinyurl.com/9j5wjy4 ) reports there were at least four calves in the stranded pod and officials said they have the best chance at survival.

Hundreds of residents came to the beach to assist with the rescue, helping the animals turn upright so they can breathe better and pouring water over them.

AP-WF-09-01-12 2059GMT

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