|Species: Melon-headed Whale,
Age Class: Adult
Date of Stranding: May 29, 2004
Location of Stranding: Bolivar Peninsula, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 7 months
Final Disposition: Deceased
A female melon-headed whale that came in on Bolivar Peninsula near High Island on May 29, 2004, Memorial Day weekend. She measured 245 cm and weighed in at 310 lbs at time of stranding. Memory was placed in rehabilitation and TMMSN observed long periods of inactivity and cramping behavior. Memory loved her rubbing rope and also greatly enjoyed being brushed by her caretakers. Eventually, she also developed seizure-like activity. Knowledge is limited on Peponocephala’s in rehabilitation and TMMSN consulted veterinarians across the world on her case. Numerous diagnostics were completed during her stay in rehab and showed that Memory was chronically ill. After seven months of rehabilitation, the difficult decision was made to euthanize. The necropsy results revealed chronic pancreatitis with multiple intestinal cysts and parasitic brain lesions.