Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

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

LA04 - Stimpy


Species: Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus
Age Class: Adult
Gender: Male
Date of Stranding: Rescued October 18, 2005
Location of Stranding: Creole, Cameron Parish, LA
Duration of care at TMMSN:
Final Disposition: Released October 18, 2005
LA04 - Stimpy

LA04 Stimpy, a male bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), was rescued near Creole, Cameron Parish, LA on October 18, 2005 (following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita). This animal was found in a flooded field several hundred meters square and 4.0 km from the coast. Although the area of water was large, it was shallow, with water depths less than 0.9 m. The dolphin was having difficulty pushing through some areas, possibly bottoming out as it attempted to swim through the thicker grass clumps. The shallow nature of this area precluded the use of the capture net and instead the animal was herded towards a grassy bank using a line of people spaced armed-width apart. The animal was alert and had good breathing quality. Stimpy was released immediately back into the Gulf of Mexico.