Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

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

PI093 - Miss Kitty


Species: Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus
Age Class: Adult
Gender: Female
Date of Stranding: August 1, 1996
Location of Stranding: 1/2 mile north of the Brazos Santiago Pass, Cameron County, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 15 days
Final Disposition: Deceased August 16, 1996

PI093 - Miss Kitty

Miss Kitty was a 250 cm long 129 kg female bottlenose dolphin recovered alive from the beach 1/2 mile north of the Brazos Santiago Pass, Cameron County, TX, on August 1, 1996. She had been seen swimming toward the beach earlier in the day. After beaching, it was discovered that she had large wounds on the tail-stock and ventral side, and several cookie-cutter shark bites that appeared to be fresh and were still bleeding. She was taken by truck to the UT Pan-Am Coastal Studies Laboratory in South Padre Island for rehabilitation. She was named “Miss Kitty” by volunteers who thought she had a silhouette of a cat's head/ears on her dorsal fin. Dr. Michelle Frahm, veterinarian from the Gladys Porter Zoo, looked after her, but because of the extensive wounds and her failure to improve, Miss Kitty was euthanized on August 16, 1996.



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