Posted by: The ocean update | October 21, 2015

Expert performs hearing tests on recovering pygmy killer whales (Mississippi, USA)

Dr. Dorian Houser was able to test one of the whales, but the other was not fit enough to go through the test. (Photo source : Moby Solangi)

Dr. Dorian Houser was able to test one of the whales, but the other was not fit enough to go through the test. (Photo source : Moby Solangi)

October 21st, 2015 (Chris Thies). GULFPORT, MS – We have an update on a pair of pygmy killer whales recovering at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport.

The two whales were found stranded in waters near Waveland last month. An expert from the Navy’s Marine Mammal Foundation is now helping out by performing hearing tests on the whales.

Dr. Dorian Houser was able to test one of the whales, but the other was not fit enough to go through the test.

Dr. Moby Solangi, Director of IMMS, said hearing was intact for the one whale that was tested. He said hearing is extremely important for these animals, because they use echolocation for feeding, migration and communication in the wild.

Pygmy killer whales are members of the dolphin family and are usually found in deep tropical and subtropical waters, including the Gulf of Mexico.

Experts are still working to determine how the whales ended up in the shallow marsh near Waveland.

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