Beached Pilot Whale Returned to Sea After Rehab Stint at SeaWorld

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 12, 2017

The 725-pound whale was transported to SeaWorld Orlando for rehab and treatment.

Officials at SeaWorld said in a news release that the short-finned, 725-pound (328 kilogram) whale was released Tuesday 140 miles (225 kilometers) off Florida's west coast.

Gale responded well to her treatment and began to show signs of improvement nearly immediately. She was able to swim without assistance and started eating fish within a day of arriving at the facility.

On Tuesday morning, Gale was released into an area where other pilot whales live 140 miles off the West Coast of Florida.

"We all watched her strongly swim away", shared Dr. Lara Croft, a veterinarian at SeaWorld Orlando, in a statement. "This truly is why we all do what we do". The U.S. Coast Guard assisted in transporting the whale, nicknamed Gale, on the Cutter Joshua Appleby. Pilot whales are extremely social, and are well known for mass stranding in groups of a few animals to several hundred at a time.

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