November 26, 2008
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas—An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin is currently receiving treatment at the Texas State Aquarium Sea Lab facility, after it stranded on Padre Island National Seashore on Friday, November 21. Upon receiving a report of the stranding from Padre Island National Seashore officials, volunteers from the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) mobilized a unit to recover the dolphin.
The initial Medical Report by TSA Veterinarian Dr. Tim Tristan indicated dehydration and emaciation as well as physical injuries including rake marks and a possible shark bite. The dolphin, which is in extremely critical condition, is a juvenile male, approximately three to four years old, and has been given the name “Toby.”
The media is invited to Sea Lab to see Toby today, November 26, at 1:00 p.m.
The mission of the Texas State Aquarium is to inspire appreciation and wise stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.