Stranded Dolphin Admitted to the Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue Center
June 21, 2021
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, - On Friday, June 18, the Texas State Aquarium admitted a rescued male bottlenose dolphin calf. The young dolphin was found stranded north of Goose Island State Park and is now being cared for around the clock at the Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue Center.
The dolphin calf, which weighs approximately 100 pounds and is 5.5 feet long, was recovered by the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Staff and volunteers from the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network transported the dolphin to the Wildlife Rescue Center for further evaluation and treatment. Upon intake, the dolphin appeared to be between 9 and 12 months old, and had injuries consistent with malnutrition. Fortunately, after rescuers lowered the dolphin into the Center’s largest rehabilitation pool, and after supporting him for a few minutes, the dolphin was able to swim on its own.
“At this time, our efforts are focused on correcting this young dolphin’s dehydration and malnutrition. In addition, he has been started on antibiotics due to evidence of pneumonia, something that stranded marine mammals are predisposed to,” said Dr. Carrie Ullmer, Texas State Aquarium’s Head Veterinarian. “So far, we are seeing some improvement in blood values which is encouraging.”
Texas State Aquarium Rescue Team and volunteers are now watching the dolphin 24 hours a day and providing supportive care. The dolphin is under critical care and receiving feedings every three hours. Further blood work and other diagnostic tests will help to determine further treatment options.
“This is another collaboration of partners to manage the care of this dolphin calf who was able to receive immediate care after being rescued,” comments Texas State Aquarium Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jesse Gilbert. “At this point, our Rescue Team is optimistic for a successful recovery.”
While rescuers remain hopeful about the dolphin’s future, there is currently no plan for its release or transfer to another facility. More details will be announced as they become available.
NOTE:For medical reasons, direct media access to the dolphin’s rehabilitation area is currently not permitted. Please see below for a link to photos. Interviews can be held at the front desk of the Wildlife Rescue Center.
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