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 - Stormy

 

Species: Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus
Age Class: Juvenile
Gender: Male
Date of Stranding: September 16, 1998
Location of Stranding: Port Aransas, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 187 days
Final Disposition: Transferred March 22, 1999 to Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conneticut

Stormy

Stormy was a juvenile male bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) that stranded alive near Port Aransas after surviving separation from his mother and shark attacks. He was 189 cm (6.25 ft) and weighed 72.3 kg (159 lbs) at stranding. He was missing a portion of his dorsal fin and had a large shark bite just behind his dorsal fin. Though supported by volunteers in water initially, Stormy was began swimming on his own and eating whole fish September 20. Like many animals undergoing rehabilitation, his condition fluctuated but after months of care, his wounds healed and he enjoyed time playing his toys and interacting with his caregivers. Stormy was rehabilitated in Galveston for 187 days before being deemed non-releasable by NMFS due to age and was transferred to a permanent facility at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conneticut. Stormy became "famous" and had his own video and two books written about his life.

 

 

STORMY'S TRANSPORT TO GALVESTON

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STORMY IN REHABILITATION

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STORMY AT MYSTIC

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