4 surviving whales taken to SeaWorld for further care

Only 4 whales survive mass stranding in Fort Pierce

ORLANDO, Fla. - The four surviving whales from a mass stranding near Fort Pierce last Saturday were taken to SeaWorld Orlando for further care Wednesday morning.

SeaWorld Orlando's animal rescue team transported the four short-finned pilot whales from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute's Rehabilitation Center in Ft. Pierce, Fla. to SeaWorld Orlando

The juvenile whales, one male and three females, are the only surviving whales from a mass stranding last Saturday that included 22 short-finned pilot whales at Avalon State Park in St. Lucie County.

The surviving whales received temporary care at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

Once they arrived at SeaWorld Orlando, the young whales were placed in a quarantine area, where they will continue to receive round-the-clock care. 

The whales, ranging in size from 130 to 325 pounds, are still in guarded condition.

One of the whales – a female – is so young her teeth have not yet developed, according to veterinarians. SeaWorld's animal experts plan to tube-feed the three older whales until they are able to eat fish. 

At this time it is unclear why the group of whales stranded.

Necropsies have been conducted on the dead whales to determine possible causes.

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