CLEARWATER — The Coast Guard helped SeaWorld and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration release a pilot whale Tuesday.
The 725 lb whale was released 140 miles off the coast of Clearwater. The Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby carried the whale out to sea and nicknamed the whale "Gale."
Gale the whale was beached in Dixie County on July 1 and rescued by teams from University of Florida and Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Both teams assisted Gale the whale and brought her to SeaWorld for medical treatment.
"We are honored to have the chance to take part in the release of Gale back to her natural habitat," said Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Montes, Living Marine Resource Officer for the Coast Guard's Seventh District. "The Coast Guard takes great pride in working with our partners to protect our marine species to help sustain their populations for future generations."