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Coast Guard releases video of pygmy killer whales being returned to the water

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Ben Hooper
A Coast Guard crew and marine rescuers return a pair of pygmy killer whales to the Gulf of Mexico after months of rehabilitation. Screenshot: Storyful
A Coast Guard crew and marine rescuers return a pair of pygmy killer whales to the Gulf of Mexico after months of rehabilitation. Screenshot: Storyful

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard released video of two pygmy killer whales being returned to the Gulf of Mexico months after they were found stranded in Mississippi.

The video, released Thursday by the U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville, shows the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cypress working together with representatives from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and the national Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to return the whales to the water off the Gulf Coast on July 11.

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The video shows the two male whales being released into the water from specialized containers on the boat.

The pygmy killer whales were rehabilitated by the IMMS after being found stranded in a Mississippi marsh in September of 2015.

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