A pilot whale at SeaWorld Orlando died Saturday after having long-standing medical issues, park officials said.
The whale named Fredi was part of a mass stranding of 23 pilot whales that the SeaWorld Rescue Team responded to in 2011, near Cudjoe Key, Florida. After two months of effort from both the National Marine Fisheries Services and the SeaWorld team, eight of the stranded whales survived. Fredi was a calf and was considered too young to be returned to the ocean. SeaWorld was chosen to help rehabilitate her and provide a home because of the park’s experience with pilot whales.