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FAU’s Harbor Branch Rehabilitation Center Continues to Treat Four Juvenile Short-Finned Pilot Whales

FORT PIERCE, FL (September 4, 2012) – FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute's (HBOI) Rehabilitation Center continues to treat four juvenile whales that were transported to HBOI after a stranding event Saturday, September 1 that included 22 short-finned pilot whales at Florida’s Avalon State Park Beach in St. Lucie County. The whales continue to receive 24-hour care from experts and volunteers, and feedings every four hours.

FAU HBOI Staff Veterinarian Dr. Juli Goldstein and Sea World Veterinarians Dr. Michelle Davis and Dr. Stacy DiRocco continue to take biological samples to better characterize the clinical profile and advance the medical treatment plan for the whales. Their prognosis remains guarded as the whales remain compromised.

The next written media advisory on the condition of the whales at FAU’s HBOI Rehabilitation Center will be distributed Wednesday, September 5 at approximately 10 a.m.

For more information, please contact Cara C. Perry at 772-332-0515 or


About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research institute dedicated to exploration, innovation, conservation and education related to the oceans. Harbor Branch was founded in 1971 as a private non-profit organization. In December 2007, Harbor Branch joined Florida Atlantic University. The institute specializes in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, and marine education. For more information, visit

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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