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Officials in boats monitor the scene where dozens of pilot whales are stranded in shallow water in a remote area of Florida's Everglades National Park, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Workers try again to save whales in Everglades

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A dead pilot whale lies near the beach in a remote area of Florida's Everglades National Park, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. Federal officials say 10 of the dozens of whales stranded in Florida's Everglades National Park are now dead. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, photo provided by the National Park Service, pilot whales are stranded on a beach in a remote area of the western portion of Everglades National Park, Fla. Federal officials said some whales have died. The marine mammals are known to normally inhabit deep water. (AP Photo/National Park Service)

– Wildlife workers will try again Thursday to lead 41 pilot whales out of dangerously shallow waters in Everglades National Park and back to the deep ocean waters where they belong.

The whales are stranded in a remote area near Highland Beach, the western boundary of Everglades National Park and about 20 miles east of where they normally live. It takes more than an hour to reach the spot from the nearest boat ramp and there is no cellphone service, complicating rescue efforts.

Of the 51 whales that ended up in the Everglades, six were found dead, and four had to be euthanized.

Workers from the National Park Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spent all day Wednesday trying to herd the whales toward the ocean, but the marine mammals weren't cooperating.

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