Rehabilitated pilot whale released back into the wild from SeaWorld …

| August 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

ORLANDO, FL (WWSB) – A female short-finned pilot whale was released back into the wild after beaching herself in FL back in July.

On July 1, the pilot whale was discovered by beachgoers in Dixie County. The whale was transported to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation.

The whale was in need of 24-hour care and she responded well to treatments. She was able to successfully swim on her own and within one day after being rescued, she began to eat fish.
The SeaWorld team and NOAA planned to release the whale 140 miles off the West Coast of Florida.  The release spot was carefully selected and will give her a good chance to join other pilot whales.
The U.S. Coast Guard assisted with the transport of the pilot whale on Aug. 8.

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Pilot whale release

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 “We all watched her strongly swim away,” shared Dr. Lara Croft, veterinarian, SeaWorld Orlando, who escorted the pilot whale through every step of her rescue journey 
NOAA encourages people to report sightings of dead, injured, or entangled dolphins and whales to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).



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