Gulfport firefighters aid in whale rehabilitation

Gulfport firefighters aid in whale rehabilitation
Gulfport firefighters aid in whale rehabilitation (Photo Source: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies)
Gulfport firefighters aid in whale rehabilitation (Photo Source: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies)
Gulfport firefighters aid in whale rehabilitation (Photo Source: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies)
Gulfport firefighters aid in whale rehabilitation (Photo Source: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies)
Gulfport firefighters aid in whale rehabilitation (Photo Source: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies)
Gulfport firefighters aid in whale rehabilitation (Photo Source: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Firefighters suited up to aid in the rescue of wildlife. Members of the Gulfport Fire Department's dive team are helping the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies care for the whales rescued from a Waveland beach. The team at IMMS says it needed additional assistance providing medical treatment for the animals and ensuring they are fed.

Dr. Moby Solangi, the president of IMMS, says the firefighters' specialty diving and swimming skills of the crew comes in handy for work with marine mammals.

"The firefighters are helping our staff provide the necessary assistance in rehabilitating these exotic species," said Solangi. "We are very thankful to the Gulfport Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt for allowing his crew to help."

Staff are providing the improving animals with antibiotics, fluids, and fish food. They are still in stable but guarded condition.

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