Stranded Pilot Whale Now In SeaWorld Orlando’s Care

A young pilot whale is loaded into a transport tank late Friday, July 22, 2011, at the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla. The whale survived a May 5, 2011, stranding off the lower Florida Keys and has recovered. Federal officials said the female is too young to survive in the wild without its mother and it is being transported to SeaWorld Orlando for managed care. (Source: Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Pilotwhale_lifted2 A young pilot whale is loaded into a transport tank late Friday, July 22, 2011, at the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla. The whale survived a May 5, 2011, stranding off the lower Florida Keys and has recovered. Federal officials said the female is too young to survive in the wild without its mother and it is being transported to SeaWorld Orlando for managed care. (Source: Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Marine mammal rescuers prepare a young pilot whale for transport late Friday, July 22, 2011, at the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla. The whale survived a May 5, 2011, stranding off the lower Florida Keys and has recovered. Federal officials said the female is too young to survive in the wild without its mother and it is being transported to SeaWorld Orlando for managed care. (Source: Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Pilotwhale_lifted
Marine mammal rescuers prepare a young pilot whale for transport late Friday, July 22, 2011, at the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla. The whale survived a May 5, 2011, stranding off the lower Florida Keys and has recovered. Federal officials said the female is too young to survive in the wild without its mother and it is being transported to SeaWorld Orlando for managed care. (Source: Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Marine mammal rescuers prepare a young pilot whale for transport late Friday, July 22, 2011, at the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla. The whale survived a May 5, 2011, stranding off the lower Florida Keys and has recovered. Federal officials said the female is too young to survive in the wild without its mother and it is being transported to SeaWorld Orlando for managed care. (Source: Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue team carefully moves a young pilot whale early Saturday morning, July 23.  The whale - one of more than 20 that beached themselves in the lower Florida Keys in early May - is considered a dependent calf and is unable to be returned to the wild. The National Marine Fisheries Service chose SeaWorld as the whale’s home because of the park’s expertise with pilot whales and other stranded animals. The whale was being cared for by SeaWorld and volunteers at the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla. (Source: SeaWorld)
Pilot Whale Transfer_109 SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue team carefully moves a young pilot whale early Saturday morning, July 23. The whale - one of more than 20 that beached themselves in the lower Florida Keys in early May - is considered a dependent calf and is unable to be returned to the wild. The National Marine Fisheries Service chose SeaWorld as the whale’s home because of the park’s expertise with pilot whales and other stranded animals. The whale was being cared for by SeaWorld and volunteers at the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla. (Source: SeaWorld)
SeaWorld animal rescue expert, Victor Marsich (front) and veterinarian, Dr. Chris Dold, monitor the young pilot whale moved to SeaWorld in Orlando from the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla., early on Saturday, July 23. (Source: SeaWorld )
PilotWhale1- 182 SeaWorld animal rescue expert, Victor Marsich (front) and veterinarian, Dr. Chris Dold, monitor the young pilot whale moved to SeaWorld in Orlando from the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla., early on Saturday, July 23. (Source: SeaWorld )
Marine mammal experts  carefully lower a young pilot whale into a SeaWorld cetacean rehabilitation pool Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. The whale survived a May 5 stranding off the lower Florida Keys and recovered at the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla. It was transported to SeaWorld because federal fisheries' officials said the calf is too young to survive in the wild without its mother.(Source: Jason Collier/Sea World Orlando)
PilotWhale1 Marine mammal experts carefully lower a young pilot whale into a SeaWorld cetacean rehabilitation pool Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. The whale survived a May 5 stranding off the lower Florida Keys and recovered at the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla. It was transported to SeaWorld because federal fisheries' officials said the calf is too young to survive in the wild without its mother.(Source: Jason Collier/Sea World Orlando)
Stranded Pilot Whale
Stranded Pilot Whale
Marine mammal responders tend to two of five pilot whales that were transported via a Publix refrigerated grocery semi-trailer to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla., Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The five whales survived a May 5th stranding off the lower Florida Keys that took the lives of 14 others, while two additional whales were healthy enough to be released May 7. (Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Stranded Pilot Whale
Stranded Pilot Whale
Marine mammal responders tend to the largest of five pilot whales that were transported via a Publix refrigerated grocery semi-trailer to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla., Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The five whales survived a May 5th stranding off the lower Florida Keys that took the lives of 14 others, while two additional whales were healthy enough to be released May 7. (Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Stranded Pilot Whale
Stranded Pilot Whale
Marine mammal responders unload the largest of five pilot whales that were transported to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla., Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The five whales survived a May 5th stranding off the lower Florida Keys that took the lives of 14 others, while two additional whales were healthy enough to be released May 7. (Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Stranded Pilot Whale
Stranded Pilot Whale
Marine mammal responders unload one of five pilot whales that were transported to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla., Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The five whales survived a May 5th stranding off the lower Florida Keys that took the lives of 14 others, while two additional whales were healthy enough to be released May 7. (Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Stranded Pilot Whale
Stranded Pilot Whale
Marine mammal responders carry one of five pilot whales that were transported to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla., Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The five whales survived a May 5th stranding off the lower Florida Keys that took the lives of 14 others, while two additional whales were healthy enough to be released May 7. (Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Stranded Pilot Whale
Stranded Pilot Whale
Marine mammal rescuers tend to five pilot whales Tuesday, May 10, 2011, after they were transported to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla. The five whales survived a May 5th stranding off the lower Florida Keys that took the lives of 14 others, while two additional whales were healthy enough to be released May 7. (Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Stranded Pilot Whale
Stranded Pilot Whale
Marine mammal rescuers tend to five pilot whales Tuesday, May 10, 2011, after they were transported to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla. The five whales survived a May 5th stranding off the lower Florida Keys that took the lives of 14 others, while two additional whales were healthy enough to be released May 7. (Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Stranded Pilot Whale
Stranded Pilot Whale
Marine mammal rescuers tend to one of five pilot whales transported to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla., Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The five whales survived a May 5th stranding off the lower Florida Keys that took the lives of 14 others, while two additional whales were healthy enough to be released May 7. (Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Stranded Pilot Whale
Stranded Pilot Whale
Marine mammal rescuers tend to four of five pilot whales transported to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Fla., Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The five whales survived a May 5th stranding off the lower Florida Keys that took the lives of 14 others, while two additional whales were healthy enough to be released May 7. (Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
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