Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

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



Species: Clymene Dolphin, Stenella clymene
Age Class: Adult
Gender: Male
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.