Everglades National Park, Florida (CNN) -- Six short-finned pilot whales have died and about 45 other whales were trapped Wednesday in shallow water off Florida's Everglades National Park.

Wildlife officials were trying to rescue the whales, which were found Tuesday stranded on the park's remote Highland Beach or trapped nearby in shallow water, Everglades park spokeswoman Linda Friar said.

Rangers found an unspecified number of whales beached, and others in the shallow water, after a fishing guide reported seeing one of the whales Tuesday afternoon, Friar said.

Wildlife workers were able to get some of the beached whales back into the water, she said.

 

The whales are believed to have approached the beach at high tide, but were unable to leave when the tide dropped, she said.

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