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GA1443

 

Species: Dwarf Sperm Whale, Kogia sima
Age Class: Adult
Gender: Female
Date of Stranding: August 16, 2007
Location of Stranding: Jamaica Beach, Galveston, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 2 Days
Final Disposition: Deceased August 18, 2007

GA1443 

GA1443, an adult female dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima), stranded August 16, 2007 close to Jamaica Beach on Galveston Island, Texas. Braving the strong wind and rain of Tropical Storm Erin, the TMMSN Critical Care Team (CCT) arrived on the beach where the stranding was reported and found not one but two- a mother and calf! Using the professional rescue techniques learned through 27 years of marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, TMMSN volunteers transported both mother and calf to our Aqua Cell rehabilitation facility where both mother and calf began receiving care and attention from the TMMSN CCT.
Unfortunately, the mother whale passed away August 18, 2007. A necropsy was performed the same day and revealed signs of cardio myopathy. Though the entire team was saddened by the turn of events, they all continued to press on for the sake of the calf. Read more about GA1443's calf, Moby.

 

 

GA1443'S MEDICAL PROCEDURES:
TMMSN performs a diagnostic examination on all patients after arrival to the facility.

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GA1443 SUPPORT:
GA1443 was supported on a foam mat  by volunteers until she was strong enough to swim on her own.

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GA1443 AND CALF: 

 
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