Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

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

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Species: Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus
Age Class: Juvenile
Gender: Male
Date of Stranding: July 31, 1995
Location of Stranding: Holly Beach, Louisiana
Duration of care at TMMSN: 227 days
Final Disposition: Transferred March 13, 1996 to Gulfworld in Panama City, FL


Cole was a juvenile male bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) who stranded alive at Holly Beach in Louisiana on July 31, 1995. He was named in honor of the man who found him and spent many hours caring for him before the TMMSN arrived, Jim Cole. A rescue team was immediately dispatched to Louisiana where the animal was recovered and transported to facilities in Galveston. He was 151 cm (5 ft) in length and weighed 42.8 kg (94 lbs) upon stranding. Cole was rehabilitated in Galveston for 227 days, a TMMSN record at that point in time! He was deemed non-releasable by NMFS due to his age and was flown to a permanent facility at Gulf World in Panama City, FL on March 13, 1996. During his time in Texas, he spent time with actress Bridget Fonda while filming part of a documentary titled "Dolphins in Danger" which was broadcast nationally on TBS.




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These images are Copyright 1996 by Sam J. Blackwood and Marguerite M. Blackwood

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