NAPLES, Fla. - Rescue efforts are underway to help free a pod of 24 pilot whales that became stranded in Gordon Pass. Officials say they are headed for deeper watch and out of the pass.

WINK News Photojournalist Kelly Frizzell is with Sea Tow of Naples on the water in Gordon Pass. Kelly reports that several whales were temporarily stuck in the shallow water.

A NOAA spokesperson says the high tide helped push the whales back into the Gulf of Mexico. The whales appear thin and emaciated.

Back in December, more than 50 pilot whales stranded themselves in Everglades National Park. Seven died and four were euthanized. Officials do not know if this is the same pod that beached themselves in that area. Pilot whales are a social species and often involved in mass strandings.

Sea Tow of Naples is on scene to keep other boaters away from the whales. WINK News will stay on top of this developing story and update you here on the web and on WINK News tonight.