Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

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

PO355 - Miracle


Species: False Killer Whale, Pseudorca crassidens
Age Class: Adult
Gender: Male
Date of Stranding: November 16, 1996
Location of Stranding: Sargent, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 4 days
Final Disposition: Deceased November 20, 1996

PO355 - Miracle

Miracle, a false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens), stranded in Sargent on November 16, 1996. Unfortunately, the rescue truck became stuck in the marsh and the team spent the night in the truck with her until help could arrive the following day. She was then airlifted by helicopter in a cargo sling 18 miles and taken to the TMMSN rehabilitation team. Blood cultures revealed several blood abnormalities and she succumbed to her health problems on November 20, 1996. Miracle was estimated to be under 2 years old at the time of her passing and necropsy revealed signs of cardiomyopathy.


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