Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals through rescue and rehabilitation, research and education.

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                                        The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) is a non-profit
                                        organization created in 1980 to further the understanding and
                                        conservation of marine mammals through rescue and rehabilitation,
                                        research and education.  The TMMSN consists of six regions along
                                        the Texas coast, which provide a coordinated response to
                                        all marine mammal strandings along the Texas coastline.

The TMMSN receives no state funding and receives only limited
                                        institutional support in the form of grants.  TMMSN RELIES on the
                                        donations of time and funds from generous supporters to continue
                                        it's mission dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation, research, and

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Dolphin "Tango" pictured above was reported to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network with a life threatening entanglement of fishing gear.  After our team documented and monitored the progression of the entanglement and injury, we were able to successfully disentangle Tango as part of a multi-agency effort. 

Please practice dolphin safe fishing habits and dispose of gear properly.

Please do not feed wild dolphins!  Wild dolphins are often placed at risk when they are fed by humans.  When dolphins are fed, they learn to associate people with food and put themselves in dangerous situations around boats and fishing lines in order to acquire a meal.    

We are so thankful that Tango's rescue and disentanglement was a success.  With continued education and dedication to their conservation, we hope that many dolphins like Tango will find the same success or will be able to avoid sticky situations like this all together. 

Picture below is the moment of Tango's release back into the wild, free of the nearly three pounds of fishing gear he had become entangled in. 


Dolphin Tango Release
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Dolphin 911:
What to do if you find a stranded dolphin or whale
  • Call 1-800-9-MAMMAL
  • DO NOT return the animal to the sea.
  • Follow instructions from TMMSN staff
    until the rescue team arrives.
  • Keep people and pets away from the
    animal. Only one or two people are needed
    until expert help arrives. Do not leave the
Stranded Dolphin

All work being performed with marine mammals on this website and any other media featuring TMMSN volunteers and staff working with marine mammals, alive or dead, is done with the expressed permission and authority granted to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network organization by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Department of Commerce.  The activities performed on this website may not be performed  by anyone or any organization without such expressed permission under penalty of U.S. Federal law.  More information can be obtained at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov