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AAA  Aug. 11, 2017 10:49 AM ET
Pilot whale returns to the sea after rehab at SeaWorld
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This Aug. 8, 2017 photo made available by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows a pilot whale being lowered into the Gulf of Mexico. The whale was rehabilitated at SeaWorld in Orlando after beaching herself on July 1. (Mike DeNyse/U. S Coast Guard via AP)

(AP) — A pilot whale is back in the sea after an extensive rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando.

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.

The whale beached herself July 1 in Dixie County in north Florida. Rescue teams from the University of Florida and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium assisted the whale and took her to SeaWorld.

SeaWorld officials say the whale responded quickly to care and a plan was created to return her to the water near a pilot whale habitat. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted in transporting the whale, nicknamed Gale, on the Cutter Joshua Appleby.

The whale was tagged with a satellite-linked transmitter which will allow researchers to follow her movements.

Associated Press
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