What makes this situation so challenging, is that the area where the whales are beached is very remote and takes more than an hour to reach and officials do not have access to heavy machinery that could assist in moving the whales into deeper water.
Unfortunately, Blair Mase, a marine mammal scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tells CNN that, "expectations are low" for the remaining whales.
UPDATE III: Thursday, Dec. 5 - Workers reportedly stopped working after work last night, but returned early this morning to check on the status of the whales.
Liz Stratton, assistant stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tells the Associated Press, "We're going to be cautiously optimistic on our way out. We don't know what we're going to find."
UPDATE IV: NOAA Fish Southeast is live-tweeting from the scene with some good news. "Objectives today if live animals are located - attempt to herd live animals to deeper water, sample dead whales."