NEW ORLEANS — Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Cypress assisted the Institute for Marine Mamma Studies and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in releasing two Pygmy Killer Whales more than 60 miles off the coast of Gulfport, Mississippi, Monday.
The two male pygmy killer whales were found stranded in a marsh near Waveland, Mississippi, by an angler Sept. 9, 2015. They were rescued and transported to IMSS for rehabilitation.
During rehabilitation, scientists learned about their health, behavior, and how to care for this species in the future.
"We are delighted to assist NOAA and IMMS in this release," said Lt. j.g. Summer Dupler, CGC Cypress operations officer. "Assistance to wildlife in distress is part of the mission of the Coast Guard."