|Species: Clymene Dolphin,
Age Class: Adult
Date of Stranding: October 13, 2012
Location of Stranding: Mile Marker 20, Padre Island National Seashore
Duration of care at TMMSN: 2 days
Final Disposition: Died October 15, 2012
CC307 was found the
evening of October 13th by a fisherman on Padre Island National
Seashore near the 20 mile marker. The Texas Marine Mammal
Stranding Network critical care team of volunteers responded quickly
and set out on a long trek through tough beach conditions to get to
the animal. When they arrived they found a live Clymene
dolphin had stranded. The dolphin was a little over 6 feet in
length and 180 pounds and was loaded carefully into the transport
vehicle. With the assistance of PINS Rangers and Enforcement
Agents, along with TMMSN volunteers, the animal was transported to
the Texas State Aquarium Sea Lab for stabilization and support.
Volunteers continued to provide care around the clock, supporting
the animal in the water as he was unable to swim on his own.
Unfortunately, the animal's condition continued to decline and the
dolphin died on October 15, 2012, less than 2 days into the
rehabilitation, despite the tireless efforts of volunteers to
recover and care for him.
Clymene dolphins are rare to wash ashore along the Texas coastline and are typically found in deep, warm, waters. Their swimming behavior is often described as acrobatic, similar to the spinner dolphin.