SeaWorld Orlando announced today that they have taken in a rare pygmy killer whale and are giving it round-the-clock after it beached itself off the west coast of Florida.
A pygmy killer whale is extremely rare to find in shallow waters near the coast and even rarer to see beached and in need of rescuing. These whales are typically found in deep waters, in tropical environments and traveling in groups of 10 to 30. They share similar physical characteristics of a killer whale, which is how they get their name – pygmy killer whale.
The female dolphin arrived at SeaWorld’s Rescue Facility around 4:00pm yesterday and weighed 255 pounds and is 210cm long.
“The animal is in guarded condition at this time,” says Jon Peterson Assistant Curator of Animal Care for SeaWorld Orlando. “When an animal comes into our care this critical, the first 48 hours are crucial and we take every measure to stabilize the animal. We remain cautiously optimistic at this time for improvement.”
Currently the rescue team is in the pool with her monitoring her minute-by-minute to support and help her navigate while swimming.