|Pilot whale sea-pen with good kind caring people at work|
The last large stranding we had was in 2003 when 28 Pilot whales came ashore off Big Pine Key which is 15 miles away from the present stranding point. That also was a Spring stranding, while there may be some connection it is not really understood why whales beach themselves.
Cudjoe Key is in Monroe County, FL and the County Mayor herself turned up in a wet-suit to help out. Several U.S.Navy Seabees came from Boca Chica Naval Air Station, FL to help as well. A six-person team came down from SeaWorld, Orlando, FL on Friday evening to assist.
This area is the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, in addition to the volunteers participants assisting are, the Marine Mammal Conservancy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
Please remember the seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia - let us work with maritime interests and others to free them.