Please note: All of the TMMSN conservation efforts are supported entirely by voluntary donations and grants. If you would like to support our marine mammal rescue and recovery work please visit our wish list, where you can donate needed items or make a tax-deductible cash contribution.
PI257 - "Bo"- Bottlenose Dolphin
January 6, 2012 -
TMMSN volunteers and supporters:
We are still in a bit of shock but unfortunately "Bo" our most recent patient passed away suddenly late this afternoon. We were all aware that Bo was very sick and he was being treated for pneumonia, however with the sudden passing it is likely that there were additional contributing factors to his stranding and subjection to shark attack. We hope that we are able to identify these underlying factors and will share them with you as they become available.
January 3, 2012 - Bo continues to be supported in water around the clock at the TMMSN's Galveston rehabilitation facility. As noted upon intake, we still believe that there was an underlying cause for stranding beyond his shark bite injuries. We are still working to diagnose the cause. Bo is estimated at 1 year of age so, he is currently learning to eat whole fish and continues to be tube fed a gruel mixture and formula. This is a special milk formula developed for young dolphins and is very expensive. Bo is also currently receiving antibiotic treatment. We rely on donations to cover the costs to care for our animals. If you would like to contribute to Bo's care, you can make a donation on his page or purchase needed items from our wish list.
December 30, 2011 - Bo was successfully transported from TSA's Sea Lab to the TMMSN's Galveston rehabilitation facility. Photos and updates will be posted as they become available.
December 22, 2011 - Yesterday, a dolphin was found stranded alive and injured in South Padre Island. According to the arrangement with the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN), volunteers transported the animal to the UTPA Coastal Studies Lab on South Padre Island for initial stabilization and veterinary assessment. TMMSN volunteers and UTPA staff have provided critical care to the dolphin overnight by tube feeding fluids and providing support in the water as the animal is too weak to swim on its own. An initial veterinary assessment was made and initial labs were submitted for review.
The animal stranded with a number of shark bites and there are likely other factors which contributed toward the stranding of this dolphin that will require further treatment. Although the dolphin remains in guarded condition, it is stable and will be transported today by the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network to their closest designated rehabilitation facility in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Texas State Aquarium's Sea Lab facility. Once the animal arrives in Corpus Christi, additional labs will be conducted along with further evaluation and treatment. The dolphin will continue to be cared for by TMMSN volunteers in Corpus Christi, TX throughout the rehabilitation process.
The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network is a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals that strand along the Texas coastline and provides 24 hour support. TMMSN coordinates these rescues and rehabilitations through partnerships with designated facilities such as the Texas State Aquarium and UTPA. TMMSN also relies heavily on public support in order to provide care and medication for the animals. Our thanks and appreciation goes out to all of the volunteers in South Padre Island that have been working so hard to care for and stabilize the dolphin overnight.
In the News:
Corpus Christi Caller Times 12/22
The Brownsville Herald 12/21