Update on rare whale at IMMS

Last week, we brought you the story of how the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies rescue team saved a stranded rare whale.

When IMMS first rescued this whale, they originally thought he was a melon-head whale. Now, after further investigation, they have discovered the whale is actually a pygmy killer whale.

When this whale originally arrived at IMMS it was in critical condition and had to be held up and fed by volunteers. Today, the whale is swimming and eating on his own and playing with toys and it looks like he’s on the road to recovery.

Dr. Debra Moore with the IMMS tells News 25 they found the whale thanks to a fisherman calling their 24-hour hotline.

“It is super important for the public to know that we are here. We respond to our hotline 24 hours a day and whenever we are able to get out to the beach, or wherever they are stranded, we go. We try to rescue them, bring them back here, rehabilitate them, and ultimately release.”

If you see a stranded marine animal, call IMMS at 1-888-767-3657.

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