SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team Responded to Group of Stranded Pilot Whales
SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team, along with several local agencies, responded on September 1, 2012, to 22 short-finned pilot whales that stranded at Florida’s Avalon State Park Beach in St. Lucie County.
The five surviving, juvenile whales (two males and three females) were transported to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s Rehabilitation Center in Ft. Pierce where they are being evaluated, stabilized and treated by animal expert teams from SeaWorld Orlando, Harbor Branch, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Marine Mammal Conservancy, University of Florida, as well as specially trained and qualified Harbor Branch volunteers.
The whales are currently receiving 24 hour care. The goal of the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team is for the pilot whales to transition to SeaWorld Orlando for long-term care, and ultimately for them to be returned back to the ocean.
At this time it is unclear why the group of pilot whales stranded. Neocropsys will be conducted on the deceased animals to determine the possible causes of their stranding. If you happen to see an injured or orphaned marine animal, call the FWC hotline at 1-888-404-3922 or dial *FWC on a mobile device.
SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team is on call 24/7 to save and care for injured, orphaned or ill animals.
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