GA999 - Mille
|Species: Bottlenose Dolphin,
Age Class: Adult
Date of Stranding: July 20, 1999
Location of Stranding: East Beach, Galveston, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 93 days
Final Disposition: Released October 21, 1999
GA999, an adult female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), stranded alive July 20, 1999 on Galveston's East Beach in front of The Galvestonion Condominiums. She was named Mille for the upcoming turn of the millenium as she was the Galveston region's 999th animal and stranded in 1999. She was 7 1/2 feet long and weighed 260 lbs at stranding. She required in-water support from volunteers initially, but began swimming on her own later in the day. She showed no signs of external injuries but tested positive for the morbillivirus. After battling the virus and gaining over 40 lbs in rehabilitation, she was deemed releasable by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
Mille was released October 21, 1999 approximately 3 miles off the coast of Galveston Island from the Coast Guard Cutter Point Spencer.
A satellite tracking transmitter was attached to her dorsal fin and she was monitored through October 26, 1999 when the transmitter either malfunctioned or fell off.