Five pilot whales stranded in shallow water on Florida’s Redington Beach were rescued Monday afternoon thanks to the efforts of scientists, the Coast Guard, and a small army of beachgoers who volunteered to help. Authorities were notified of the whales by a 911 call that came through around 6:30 AM from a concerned beachgoer. By 4 PM all five whales were successfully hoisted out of the water. The three larger whales were placed in boats to be taken back out to sea, while the two other, younger whales were lifted into transport vehicles to be driven to a Clearwater Marine Aquarium facility for medical treatment and testing.
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