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5 Surviving Whales Doing Better After Stranding

By: AP
By: AP
In this photo released by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry and Water via AAPImage, rescue workers attend to a pilot whale stranded on Anthony's Beach near Stanley, Tasmania, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. Rescuers returned 11 pilot whales to sea Sunday, a day after a pod of 64 mothers and calves were found stranded on a beach in southeastern Australia, wildlife officials . (AP Photo/Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry and Water via AAPImage, Rachael Alderman, HO) **AUSTRALIA OUT, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES**

In this photo released by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry and Water via AAPImage, rescue workers attend to a pilot whale stranded on Anthony's Beach near Stanley, Tasmania, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. Rescuers returned 11 pilot whales to sea Sunday, a day after a pod of 64 mothers and calves were found stranded on a beach in southeastern Australia, wildlife officials . (AP Photo/Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry and Water via AAPImage, Rachael Alderman, HO) **AUSTRALIA OUT, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES**

MIAMI (AP) -- A team of experts is hydrating five stranded pilot whales with fish smoothies through a feeding tube every four hours and monitoring their activity levels around the clock.

The whales were the only ones to survive after a group of 22 came ashore on a South Florida beach this weekend.

Two calves and three juveniles were transported to Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Institute for rehabilitation Saturday and experts say the animals are worn out, but mostly doing well.

Dr. Michelle Davis, a senior veterinarian for SeaWorld Orlando said some of the whales have had an increased respiratory rate at times, causing them to float away from the group and become less active.

It's unclear why the whale pod stranded at Avalon Beach State Park in St. Lucie County.


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