4 young pilot whales treated at FAU after beaching

By: Ap Email
By: Ap Email

MIAMI (AP) -- Experts and volunteers at Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Institute are treating four young pilot whales.

The juvenile whales were among 22 short-finned pilot whales that beached Saturday at Avalon State Park Beach in St. Lucie County. The whales were still receiving around the clock care on Tuesday.

Two male and three female whales were brought to the center after the stranding on Saturday. Officials say one of the males had been stable Monday morning but died unexpectedly around noon.

The other whales, including one calf whose mother did not survive, show signs of inflammation and infection, but they are swimming on their own and accepting a thin fish formula fed through tubes every four hours.

It's not known what caused Saturday's stranding. Seventeen whales either died or were euthanized.

AP-WF-09-04-12 1602GMT

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