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Baby Sperm Whale Rescued, Released In California

Baby Sperm Whale Rescued, Released In California

Late Sunday afternoon, a baby sperm whale was found beached near Torrey Pines State Beach, about 10 miles north of San Diego.

An animal rescue team of over 20 people from Sea World, including trainers, veterinarians and a curator, responded and found that the whale was in good condition, reported Reuters.

The whale was about 18-feet-long, and weighed a massive 3,000 pounds, but the rescue team was just glad to see that it wasn’t sick or badly injured.

Recent research has shown that whales and dolphins are more likely to beach themselves if they are deaf or suffer from partial hearing loss.

Sea World spokesman David Koontz told Reuters “team members gave the whale, which had suffered scrapes and scratches from rocks at the shoreline, steroid and antibiotic injections and guided it back to sea.”

Click HERE to see a video of the baby whale being helped back to sea!

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8:18AM PST on Dec 16, 2010

awesome!!

11:16PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

Good News, thanx

9:26PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

yay!!!!

6:09PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

A baby who weighs 3000 pounds. What a rescue feat. It is nice to hear good news stories.

5:32PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

Love reading stories where people are helping! Great job!

5:21PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

Good work by all.

4:40PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

No, life is always better than death. I invite anyone who wants to 'put something down' to take the Kevorkian challenge themselves first.

Only exceptions are chronic unbearable pain, or unbearable mental anguish. I've nearly died twice, so know whereof I speak.

The whale at 20 feet was probably almost weaned, so to let it go is the best thing. Who knows, its mother might be looking for it? Remember low-frequency sounds such as whales make can travel thousands of miles in water-these whales communicate with each other across oceans.

But even as an orphan, it is better to give the poor thing at least a chance at life, and let it be in its natural habitat. Who has the right to take that away?

3:57PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

Most wildlife babies are Very Vulnerable when they are on their own. The fact that this one appeared healthy may simply be because it had not long lost its mother. To put a (very?) young creature back in the wild may only bring on a slow and torturous demise if it can't look after itself and fend off predators - which can be a terrifying ordeal for any creature. Maybe putting it down, without the stress of being a hunted meal for some shark (including killer whales, which specialize in young whales) may have been the best option! Vulnerable young anything shouldn't have to suffer.

2:25PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

Happy news.

2:11PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

Glad it went back to the ocean.

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