Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

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



Species: Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus
Age Class: Calf
Gender: Male
Date of Stranding: September 1, 2008
Location of Stranding: Point-Aux-Chenes, LA
Duration of care at TMMSN: O days
Final Disposition: Rescued September 24, 2008

This male bottlenose dolphin was reported stranded at Aux Chenes, LA in a community pond used for drainage and septic run-off. He was brought in shore and stranded in this acre-sized pond by the storm surge of Hurricane Gustav. By the time TMMSN was notified of his predicament, he had been trapped for about 24 days. At only 158 cm in length, Gus (named for the storm that trapped him) was a very young, but very strong dolphin.

Due to the large size and depth (approximately 3 acres square with a depth of 15') of the pond where Gus was trapped, a joint rescue effort was coordinated between a number of volunteers working under the authority of the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Stranding Program. After several hours of persistent effort, feisty little Gus was finally, and safely captured and saved from what would have been a long, prolonged illness and death in poor water quality and nutritional options.

Gus was taken to New Orleans for rehabilitation where he was in the care of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas stranding and rehabilitation program.




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