|Species: Melon-headed Whale,
Age Class: Adult
Date of Stranding: April 27, 2007
Location of Stranding: South Padre Island, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 2 Days
Final Disposition: Deceased April 29, 2007
PI222, a male melon-headed
whale (Peponocephala electra), stranded alive April 27, 2007 on
South Padre Island, Texas. The animal was recovered by University of
Texas Pan America and TMMSN volunteers. He was very emaciated,
extremely weak, and ill upon stranding. Unfortunately, his health
only continued to decline of the course of the next two days and he
passed away April 29, 2007.
Everyone in South Padre did a fantastic job taking on this rehab and although the outcome was not successful, there is still much to learn regarding this species. A necropsy was performed that evening in South Padre.