Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

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

TMMSN News Archives

2010 TMMSN News

December 28, 2010
Volunteers respond to Bottlenose dolphin, now undergoing treatment at the Galveston facility

December 22, 2010
Update on CC284, Buc-ee

December 12, 2010
--New TMMSN Facility Photo Slideshow

December 08, 2010
The entire TMMSN Gift Shop is now 20% off through the month of December

October 1, 2010
TMMSN Submits the Dolphin Rescue Project to Pepsi Refresh Everything
Beginning October 1, the public can vote on the Pepsi website at www.refresheverything.com/dolphinrescue for the for the TMMSN as we try to win a $250,000 grant to fund operations. You can vote twice daily. Once by sending the number 103350 in a text message to Pepsi (73774) or by voting online at the website above. You can sign in with your Facebook ID or one that you choose. Once you have signed in make sure you click "vote" again or will not register your vote. You will get a strange confirmation message like " oh yeah" or "for sure." That means you've voted!

You may also utilize the widget on our home page to cast your vote in addition to your cell phone text vote. Don't forget to print out the flyers from the link on the homepage to distribute to your friends and coworkers! For more information on what the grant will fund check out the list of expenses at the Refresh Everything link above or just browse our website to learn more about the TMMSN volunteers do.

Thanks for your support!

September 28, 2010

TMMSN October Educational Events

Saturday, October 2nd

Houston Zoo Enrichment Day

Saturday, October 9th

Bay Area Diver's Market

Sunday, October 24
Evia Spring Market- Galveston, TX

September 15, 2010
Gulfy visits UTMB surgical coding dolphin team to celebrate an award given to Tricia Yeathermon for Employee of the Year for UTMB Provost Office (Click Photo to Enlarge)
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September 2, 2010
The TMMSN organized and successfully disentangles baby Bottlenose calf

August 14, 2010
The fourth Melonheaded Whale in 2 Months is Recovered in Port O'Connor by the Galveston team. Necropsy performed and results forthcoming.

August 12, 2010
The TMMSN Annual Into The Blue Fundraiser Was A Success!

July 27, 2010
Sad News Regarding Gordy

July 20, 2010
TMMSN Volunteers Successfully Rescue and Release Trapped Bottlenose Dolphin

July 12, 2010
TMMSN Corpus Christi Recovers 3 Melonheaded Whales in 3 Consecutive Weeks
The TMMSN has recovered and will perform detailed necropsies on each of the three Melonheaded whales (Peponocephala electra) to strand inside of three weeks. Great effort and time, through difficult terrain and conditions to rescue and/or recover these whales were made on the part of the TMMSN Corpus Christi volunteers.

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June 15, 2010
The vote is in and the TMMSN mascot is officially named "Gulfy"

une 02, 2010
The Corpus Christi Region of TMMSN will be holding a training class on June 19th from 10am to around 3pm with a break for lunch. The cost is $25.00 for students and $50.00 for non-students. This fee includes your membership to the TMMSN for a year. You will need pen and paper, clothing and shoes that can get wet. To register for this class please contact Kenneth Brown at Kenneth.Brown@tamucc.edu or Lea Walker at gwalker4@stx.rr.com. You can also fill out a volunteer application online here. Please indicate you are applying for the Corpus Christi region on your application.

June 01, 2010
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TMMSN Director Dr. Daniel Cowan receives the Mark Keyes Award for Marine Mammal Conservation

Dr. Cowan would like to thank the TMMSN volunteers for making the Mark Keyes award he has received possible.

This award is to be given to an active member of the IAAAM, who in his/her activities within the past 10 years, has made a significant impact on the conservation of one or more species of marine mammal through any or all of the following areas:
-Scientific research
-Political action
-Management of the species in the wild
-Management of the species in captivity
Dr. Keyes was for many years a veterinary researcher and diplomat for the National Marine Fisheries Service, and was instrumental in the northern fur seal management program of the Pribilof Islands, Alaska. This award is given in his honor.

May 16, 2010
Volunteer Appreciation Day Held in Galveston

Volunteers worked many hours for Donley the Dolphin's care and in other areas and received some much deserved appreciation.

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May 09, 2010
The TMMSN Rescues PO464 - Male Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

April 30, 2010
Slideshow of some TMMSN Spring 2010 activities
TMMSN volunteers have been busy over the last 3 months

April 22, 2010
On Saturday, April 17, the Corpus Christi regional TMMSN volunteers responded to a live Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) and attempted rehabilitation.

April 22, 2010
Large Stranded Baleen Whale Species Identified

April 15, 2010
The TMMSN Corpus Christi regional volunteer group responded to a live baby Bottlenose dolphin stranding

April 12, 2010
Construction begins on new NOAA/TMMSN marine mammal facility

March 23, 2010
The TMMSN gets a new mascot, see photos here and submit your ideas for the mascot's name

March 5, 2010
The children of the Fay School in Houston, TX raise nearly $1000 for the TMMSN

March 4, 2010
Donley is successfully transported to Sea World of San Antonio - Photos coming soon!

February 26, 2010
The TMMSN Rescues GA1612 - Tursiops truncatus in Galveston, TX

February 9, 2010
New Donley Photos Online

February 8, 2010
43 Ft. Baleen Whale Strands Dead in Port Aransas

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January 26, 2010
Donley's new home is determined. Click to read more

December 31, 2009

Don makes new progress! Click here to read more.

December 12, 2009
Donley's final disposition has been determined. Click here for more information, photos, rescue video and slideshow.

November 03, 2009
Volunteers in the Port Aransas Region rescued a young male bottlenose dolphin this morning from Mustang Island. He has been transported to Texas State Aquarium for stabilization. TMMSN volunteers are currently supporting the dolphin in the water but he is making attempts to swim on his own. An initial assessment and bloodwork is being completed. More information will follow as it becomes available.

October 30, 2009
But the new Toby DVD & T-Shirt Combo Today!
This DVD and T-shirt combo highlights the wonderful care and dedication given by TMMSN volunteers to a young bottlenose dolphin named Toby and the transformation he was able to make over the course of his rehabilitation.  The DVD includes video and photos that tell Toby’s story including his stranding on the beach, rescue, playtime and journey to his new home.

October 30, 2009
Update on Toby at his new home.

October 15, 2009
The TMMSN intervenes and releases Pilgrim, a Bottlenose Dolphin with a fatal fishing gear entanglement.

October 3, 2009
The TMMSN rescues PA855, a Pantropical Spotted Dolphin.

August 29, 2009
TMMSN Rescues and Relocates Nessie

August 27, 2009
TMMSN Rescues Mohawk From Fatal Entanglement

August 24, 2009
Toby Arrives Safely in the Florida Keys

August 21, 2009
Toby Scheduled to Fly to the Florida Keys

August 08, 2009
Toby has a new home!

July 24, 2009
New TMMSN UTV takes maiden voyage into washed out territory.

The TMMSN has purchased a 4x4 MULE and is now using it to survey and conduct sampling procedures on the beach front washed out by Hurricane Ike in High Island, Sabine Pass, Matagorda areas. Funding for the new machine was provided by a Prescott grant.  Not only is this a more economical way of performing our work on the beach, but it saves the Galveston trucks from salty wear and tear.

July 10, 2009
Toby has been deemed non-releasable, and your help is still needed.

July 10, 2009
Previous rescue, "Ranger" spotted, and doing well.

July 09, 2009
Dear Supporters,
It’s that time of year again! That’s right….it’s time to link your Kroger card to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network so that every single time you shop at Kroger a portion of your sales will go towards our mission. We earned nearly $2,000 last year, so let’s try to beat our record this year! Click here for your important print-out and more information.

May 29, 2009
TMMSN recovers 11', 700lb Tiger Shark
Fishing tournament leaves unsightly floater

May 29, 2009
Visit the TMMSN YouTube page for the latest videos!

May 15, 2009
We continue to monitor Toby's rehabilitation. Click here for the latest update and photos.

May 09, 2009
The TMMSN holds a training day for new volunteers in Galveston, TX. 25 new volunteers joined us.

May 08, 2009
The TMMSN rescues a Bottlenose Dolphin on Bolivar Peninsula, TX - GA1599 - Miss G

April 25, 2009
The TMMSN responds to a live Risso's dolphin - GA1597 -  and attempts rescue.

April 22, 2009
Latest photos from the most recent dolphin rescue resulting from Hurricane Ike

April 09, 2009
Trained Volunteers now may view an online shift book to assist with signing up for shifts with our live animal in rehabilitation.

April 07, 2009
The TMMSN Silent Auction Fundraiser "Into the Blue" A Success!
March 10, 2009
The TMMSN Responded to 11 Dead Dolphins Today

February 27, 2009
We continue to monitor Toby's rehabilitation. Click here for the latest update and photos.

February 27, 2009
The TMMSN recovered 16 more dead dolphins from the Galveston area since the last update. Analysis are in process for toxicology on blubber samples taken recently.  These tests are very expensive--about $1500 per sample tested--but thanks to Bluevoice.org, a non-profit conservation group underwriting these tests, we hope to learn a little more about what may be affecting the local bottlenose dolphin population--and ultimately the human population, as we are the top of the food chain.  Per our protocol, our dead animal staff and volunteers remain quarantined from our live animal in rehabilitation, Toby.

February 14, 2009
Toby--Our Bottlenose Dolphin in Rehabiliation Continues to Progress

February 12, 2009
7 Dead Dolphins Recovered by the TMMSN in Galveston and Jefferson Counties

January 27, 2009
TMMSN Roof Raisin'

December 30, 2008
Alice Update

October 23, 2008
TMMSN Rescue Work and Damages After Hurricane IKE

August 7, 2008
TMMSN Successful Rescue and Release of Two Bottlenose Dolphins

June 16, 2008
26' Sperm Whale Recovered by the TMMSN

May 16, 2008
Alice Made It!

May 15, 2008
Alice Has A Home!

"Dolphinspeak" of our previous patients in rehabiltiation are now available for you to listen to on our "Rescue/Rehab" site.
Not all our our patients have their sounds posted, but some are now available. Scroll through the list of patients and look for the sound player controls.
May 07, 2008

Urgent Need for Digging Equipment--Click Here For More Information.
May 07, 2008

Your New Kroger Form is Here!
May 2, 2008

The TMMSN Volunteers and "Moby" the Airboat Assisted the Galveston Bay Foundation on April 26, 2008
April 30, 2008

The TMMSN participated in the Galveston Bay Foundation's Annual Marsh Mania event--a large scale event organizing hundreds of volunteers in area marshes and creeks to plant marsh grass and perform clean-up. You can learn more at the organization's website at www.galvbay.org

TMMSN and Kroger's Share Card New Process
April 25, 2008
The original TMMSN Kroger Share Card that donates a percentage of your purchases to TMMSN is no longer valid. Please click the link above to learn about the new process.

TMMSN Performs Demonstration Bottlenose Dolphin Necropsies April 18th and 19th, 2008

TMMSN 2008 Unusual Mortality Event  - Bottlenose Dolphin Die-Off - March 27, 2008

Spend a day at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge with hands-on activities and demonstrations designed for the whole family. Programs include live birds of prey, seining in the Gulf, bird identification, sea turtles, crabbing, water safety, retriever demonstrations, beach life and more!
Volunteers will work TMMSN booth spreading public awareness Saturday, March 8, 2008.
Location: McFaddin Wildlife Refuge, Sabine Pass TX
Time:  9a-2p
Click here for more event information.

TMMSN will be also participate in the NOAA Ocean Discovery Day Event on Saturday, March 8, 2008
Location: Galveston NOAA facility
Time: 10a-4p

March is Dolphin Awareness Month. They City of Galveston has declared March "Dolphin Awareness Month" and the city-wide dolphin rescue training will be held March 15, 2008 at 53rd and Seawall from 10 - 4 pm. We’ll have another TMMSN Dolphin Awareness t-shirt contest, so start your brainstorming ahead of time!

We’ll also have other activities coming up in March for dolphin awareness month for you to get involved in so look for these soon.

The TMMSN Volunteer Orientation and Training Day has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 9th, 2008.

Join us for the TMMSN Volunteer Appreciation Party February 20, 2008!

Whale Bones Found on Matagorda Island, TX
February 28, 2008

The TMMSN is Featured as a Priceless Pick!
November 12, 2007
Spending just a few minutes of her time, one of our supporters was able to bring worldwide attention to the TMMSN through MasterCard's Priceless Pick Program. Click here to see the TMMSN on Priceless.com.

2007 TMMSN Dolphin Awareness Month