On May 5th, about 21 pilot whale stranded near Cudjoe Key, in the Florida Keys, north of Key West.
On 7 May, SDRP director Randall Wells responded to a request by NOAA Fisheries to apply small satellite-linked transmitters to two large male pilot whales. These were the only whales considered to be in good enough condition to be released.
The tagged males have been moving generally north with the Gulf Stream, zig-zagging across the Straits of Florida. They remain together.
This tagging effort and follow-up monitoring is supported by the NOAA Prescott grants program.
The five surviving pilot whales were taken by truck to the Marine Mammal Conservancy where they are undergoing treatment.