Published: Jan 20, 2014 9:27 AM EST
Updated: Jan 21, 2014 6:53 AM EST

Lee County, Fla. -2 Pilot whales have died from natural causes dead, 2 more have been euthanized.

The Pilot whales are stranded in New Pass, just south of Lovers Key State Park. 

The Coast Guard has shut down New Pass to boat traffic.

A separate pod is swimming off the coast of Marco island. The whales are part of the same group of 23 that stranded themselves Sunday in Gordon Pass, Collier County. Those whales swam into shallow waters after 3 whales in that pod beached themselves temporarily near a sandbar.

In December, 50 pilot whales got stranded near Everglades National Park. Seven whales died and 4 had to be euthanized.

"I almost teared up because they are just such beautiful creatures," said Stephanie Jones.

More than a dozen pilot whales stranded near Lovers Key.

Monday night, wildlife officers confirmed that 2 died naturally and 2 others were euthanized.

"There were attempts made to re float the animals to encourage them out but they just re-beached," said biologist Denise Boyd.

Numerous agencies have been out on the water trying whatever they can to save the whales.
They say the biggest challenge right now is actually reaching the mammals in the extremely shallow water.
Officers say the outlook isn't good.

"Very lathargic they dont seem to be really responding well to boats or being in the shallow water," said Boyd.