Valiant Efforts Unable to Save Stranded Dolphin Brought to Texas State Aquarium


January 12, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Round-the-clock efforts were unable to save a stranded Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) that arrived at the Texas State Aquarium on Thursday. It passed away at approximately 2:00 a.m. this morning.

The dolphin was recovered on January 8 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, was able to successfully transport the animal to the Texas State Aquarium (TSA) in Corpus Christi that afternoon.

TMMSN volunteers and Aquarium staff, under the supervision of Aquarium veterinarian Dr. David Stelling, worked around the clock with the adult male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. The dolphin, which weighed approximately 500 pounds and measured approximately 8’ 5” long, arrived dehydrated and unable to swim without in-water support (being walked and held up by volunteers, which took place almost continually from its arrival until its passing). The dolphin received antibiotics, in addition to routine supplements, and was tube-fed fluids for rehydration.

The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) will perform a necropsy, and it will be a few weeks before results are available.


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