- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Two small whales have been returned to the Gulf of Mexico after being found stranded in a marsh near Waveland last September.

When the pygmy killer whales were first spotted by an angler, they were in critical condition.

Dr. Connie Chevis of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport told WLOX-TV (https://bit.ly/29JT5aT) the whales required around-the-clock medical care when they were brought to the institute.

The whales were loaded onto the Coast Guard cutter Cypress on Monday to be transported back to their natural habitat, about 100 miles south of the Mississippi coast.

Researchers at IMMS say scientists were able to gather information that could help rescuers respond to future strandings.

Before they were released, the whales were outfitted with satellite tags to track their movements.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com

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