|Species: Bottlenose Dolphin,
Age Class: Juvenile
Date of Stranding: November 9, 2001
Location of Stranding: San Luis Pass, Galveston, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 72 days
Final Disposition: Deceased January 20, 2002
Luis, a young male bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), stranded alive November 9, 2001 near San Luis Pass south of Galveston. Although Luis initially required in-water support from volunteers, he soon began to swim on his own. Luis's condition continued to improve, gaining over 60 lbs during his care and chasing and catching live fish in his pool. Plans were in motion for his eventual release when he passed away January 20, 2002. Necropsy revealed meningitis which is untreatable and undetectable in live dolphins. Unfortunately this is the same condition that Big Al (who stranded the same year) had, and may indicate a rise in meningitis during that year.