PO372 - Connor
Connor, a juvenile male bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) stranded alive approximately 1-2 miles west of Port O'Connor, down the Inter-coastal Water Way. He was recovered by boat by the TMMSN and then driven to Galveston for rehabilitation. He was approximately 6 ft long and 170 lbs at the time of stranding and unable to swim or support himself. Volunteers supported him in-water and though his condition was critical, he seemed to show signs of improvement. Blood samples were sent off for analysis to try to determine the cause of illness. The animal has one small shark bite on his right side and no other major external injuries noticed. He was tube fed fluids, blended herring, antibiotics, and vitamins and an endoscopy was performed to check for blockages, tumors, or foreign objects. He began showing signs of severe neurological problems. Connor's condition continued to deteriorate and the decision was made to euthanize April 30, 1999.