Melon-headed whale rescued on Florida beach
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Marine life experts have rescued a 290-pound (132-kilogram), adult melon-headed whale that had become stuck on a Florida beach.
A SeaWorld Orlando news release says the park’s rescue team and workers from Clearwater Marine Aquarium responded Friday morning to Clearwater Beach. Someone had reported the whale to state wildlife officials.
The whale was successfully transported to SeaWorld Orlando’s Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility. Veterinarians determined that the whale had no visible external injuries and was able to swim unsupported at the park’s rescue facility.
Treatment will include antibiotics and fluids, along with blood work and other diagnostic tests.