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Whale Stranded Off Florida Keys Goes To SeaWorld

09/12/11 09:18 AM ET   AP

KEY LARGO, Fla. -- The final whale that was stranded in May off the Florida Keys has arrived in Orlando.

The 1,100-pound, 12-foot-long female pilot whale calf arrived at SeaWorld early Monday. The whale was placed in a water-filled transport unit for the 300-mile trip from the Marine Mammal Conservancy in the Keys.

Marine mammal experts and a veterinarian accompanied the whale.

The whale is entering the rehabilitation facility because her injuries are too severe to withstand the rigors of the wild.

The whale is one of the nearly two-dozen that stranded near Cudjoe Key on May 5. Most died, but two were later released back into the wild and five were taken to the conservancy for treatment.

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