Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

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

CC233 - Sandy


Species: Melon-headed Whale, Peponocephala electra
Age Class: Adult
Gender: Male
Date of Stranding: March 26, 2006
Location of Stranding: Corpus Christi, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN:
Final Disposition: Deceased
CC233 - Sandy

CC233 Sandy, an adult male melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra), stranded alive March 26, 2006 in Corpus Christi, TX and was recovered by TMMSN. He was not well upon arriving and his health continued to decline despite our efforts. Although it was a difficult decision, it was in the animal’s best interest to euthanize. We often see this to be the case with unusual or offshore species at times as they do not seem to respond to rehab as well as others might. Heavy consultation is done across the country and all options are considered before making this type of difficult decision.