May 20

Pilot Whales SeaWorld Orlando Helped Rescue and Release are Swimming Strongly in the Gulf Stream

According to tracking data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the two stranded pilot whales SeaWorld Orlando and several other organizations helped release on Saturday, May 7, are swimming strongly and staying in deep water.

After being fitted with satellite transmitters and returned to waters off Key West, Fla., the pair headed toward the Bahamas and into the Gulf Stream, a strong current that runs along the eastern seaboard of the U.S.

The satellite tags share more than just the whales’ location -- they also record the animals’ diving depth. Records show the pair are diving normally and suggest they are feeding.

Thank you to all the organizations who participated in the rescue and release, including NOAA, Marine Mammal Conservancy, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the Marine Animal Rescue Society and other stranding networks. Additional support was provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Navy.

SeaWorld’s animal rescue team is on call 24/7 to care for ill, orphaned or injured marine animals including birds, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins and whales. The parks have rescued more than 18,000 animals since the program began more than 45 years ago.

Want to learn more about SeaWorld’s commitment to rescue and rehabilitate animals during your next park visit? Check out our Behind-the-Scenes Tour where you’ll discover how our animal team cares for rescued manatees, sea turtles and more. Or, learn more from the comfort of your computer right now and visit