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January 9, 2014

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At Texas State Aquarium

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – On January 8, a live dolphin was recovered from the remote location of San Jose Island, after being found in the surf. The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) along with Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) Director, Tony Amos, were able to successfully transport the animal to the Texas State Aquarium (TSA) in Corpus Christi.

 

TMMSN volunteers and TSA staff, under the supervision of TSA veterinarian Dr. David Stelling, are working around the clock with the 500-pound adult male bottlenose dolphin.  The animal has been swimming on his own, but still requires in-water support (to be held up and walked by volunteers) at various intervals.

 

Initial labs show that the dolphin was dehydrated upon stranding, with additional diagnostics results pending. The dolphin is receiving antibiotics, in addition to routine supplements, and is being tube-fed fluids for rehydration.

 

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Texas State Aquarium: Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation 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.

www.texasstateaquarium.org

Scuba Santa Arrives at TSA

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Scuba Santa Arrives at TSA

On Saturday, December 14, the Texas State Aquarium will introduce Scuba Santa to guests who visit the “Diver in the Water” presentation. After Santa hands out goodies to the fish and other Flower Gardens residents, he will be available to take photos with guests who want to appear as if they are underwater with Scuba Santa!

Scuba Santa will be appearing during the “Diver in the Water” presentation the week leading up to Christmas, from December 14th through the 24th. The “Diver in the Water” show occurs at 11:00 a.m. daily.

The Texas State Aquarium will close early at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, will be closed on Christmas Day, and will reopen on December 26th at 9:00 a.m.”

Dollar Day

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Texas State Aquarium Announces Dollar Day

Presented by Reliant on Sunday, December 8

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – For just a dollar, dive into marine fun for a day. The Texas State Aquarium announced today that Dollar Day presented by Reliant will return for the third year. On Dollar Day, the Texas State Aquarium offers $1 admission for all visitors. This year’s event will be on Sunday, Dec. 8. Along with the special price, there will be an enhanced schedule of programs for the event. Reliant will provide a free gift to the first 3,000 Dollar Day visitors.

 

“The Texas State Aquarium brings together families to experience the world beneath the Gulf of Mexico,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of Reliant. “Supporting Dollar Day is one of the ways Reliant gives back to the Corpus Christi community, creating opportunities for families to learn more, and care more, about marine wildlife and maybe one of the young Dollar Day visitors will decide to become a marine biologist or science teacher as a result of their experience on December 8.”

 

Aquarium President and CEO Tom Schmid said, “We are so pleased to have Reliant return as our partner for our December 2013 Dollar Day. Our Dollar Days are a long-standing tradition for the aquarium and are a great benefit for our community. We are thankful for the support corporate partners like Reliant provide to help make them possible.”

 

The aquarium will maintain its normal operating hours for the day, opening at 9 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m. Children 2 years old and under will receive free admission. Parking is $5.

 

Texas State Aquarium–Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation 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.

www.texasstateaquarium.org

Dolphin Response

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 Q: How long does it take a dolphin to learn a new trick?

 

 A: Dolphins all learn at different rates. So it really depends on the animal, as well as the complexity of the behavior. Some more ‘simple’ behaviors, such as a wave or a head nod, may take only a few training sessions. While other, more complex behaviors, such as a front flip, may take a few months to train.

Annual Food Drive

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Texas State Aquarium Annual Food Drive to Benefit Corpus Christi Food Bank Begins November 11

 

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium will kick off its annual food drive to benefit the Corpus Christi Food Bank on Monday, November 11. Guests who bring three (3) non-perishable food items for donation from November 11th through December 8th will receive $3 off admission that day. The $3 admission discount does not apply on Dollar Day, December 8th. The discount cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers.

 

Aquarium President and CEO Tom Schmid says, “Every year, we are impressed by the generosity of our guests as they support of this important cause. We are proud to lend a hand and help the Corpus Christi Food Bank – especially at a time of year when the need is always so great.”

 

 

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Texas State Aquarium–Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation 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.

www.texasstateaquarium.org

Red-Bellied Piranha

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It’s a Piranha!

Did you know?
The Red-Bellied Piranha is often thought of as aggressive and ferocious, because of their sharp teeth and feeding frenzies (when a large group of Piranhas join together to strip a large item of prey within minutes). However, this behavior is not common, and is usually a result of starvation or provocation.

You can find Red-Bellied Piranhas in the Texas State Aquarium’s Amazon exhibit!

Information gathered from sources including Arkive.org.