Brace helps whale swim at SeaWorld

Nov. 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM ET

SeaWorld Orlando's Animal Rescue Team is using a custom orthopedic brace to care for a once-stranded pilot whale. The whale suffers from scoliosis that prevents her from swimming normally.

Dr. Scott Gearhart, a senior veterinarian at SeaWorld Orlando, says the rescue team worked with a local orthopedic group to develop the custom-fitting brace. Gearhart admits, "This is the first time we've tried a device like this on such a large animal."

Team members are hoping to see results within a few months.