Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

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


The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network is a registered public 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all fees associated with the programs below benefit the continuation of our ever-growing education programs and marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation work.

Please view our education experiences below and contact us by email at hwhitehead@tmmsn.org or 409-740-2200 for pricing and to schedule any of our educational experiences. Click the photos for more information on each program.

Whales on Wheels-Presentations and Lectures

Our presentations will inform you about marine mammal biology, conservation and the important role of the TMMSN.  Designed to educate all ages, our lectures can be given at your school, or you can come to us.  We can adjust our lectures to fit your needs.  Click on the picture for more information on the types of presentations available.

Demonstration Necropsy Service

The necropsy (animal autopsy) is performed on deceased dolphins recovered along the Texas Coast. Click the picture for more information. (We are not currently able to schedule any demonstration necropsies)

Gulfy and Friends!

Gulfy, the TMMSN’s bottlenose dolphin mascot, wants to come to your school or special event to share his knowledge and stories with you!

With help from TMMSN friends, Gulfy teaches audiences about TMMSN and marine mammals, and reenacts true dolphin rescue tales!

Stranded - Stormy’s Adventure Book Sale and Fundraiser

Help raise money for the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network by selling Stormy books at your school or special event! This illustrated children’s book is based on the true story of a young bottlenose dolphin who was separated from his mother during a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, rescued by TMMSN, and nursed back to health.

The TMMSN will provide materials needed to conduct the book sales, and as a reward for helping our organization, we will provide a free educational presentation and a visit from Gulfy, our bottlenose dolphin mascot!

TMMSN Research / Rehabilitation Facility Tour

Bring your educational group to the site where all of the TMMSN action takes place! Your guided tour of this one-of-a-kind facility will include a walk through the live animal rehabilitation area, an explanation and viewing of our marine life support system, and a final stop at our necropsy (animal autopsy) lab.

All tours must be pre-scheduled and are subject to change based on live animal rehabilitations or necropsies in progress.

Dolphin Anatomy 101

A basic introduction to dolphin anatomy.  Click on the picture to begin your lesson.


Kid's Stuff

Marine mammal coloring pages, online quizzes, and word puzzles.  Click on the picture for access to "Kid's Stuff"

A glossary of commonly used words in marine mammal biology.  Click on the picture for the glossary. GLOSSARY

Cetaceans of the World

Cetaceans of the world listed by Suborder and Family.  Click on the picture for the organized list.