Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

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

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                                        The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) is a non-profit
                                        organization created in 1980 to further the understanding and
                                        conservation of marine mammals through rescue and rehabilitation,
                                        research and education.  The TMMSN consists of six regions along
                                        the Texas coast, which provide a coordinated response to
                                        all marine mammal strandings along the Texas coastline.

The TMMSN receives no state funding and receives only limited
                                        institutional support in the form of grants.  TMMSN RELIES on the
                                        donations of time and funds from generous supporters to continue
                                        it's mission dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation, research, and

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Featured Event
2014 Land and Sand Run

Benefiting TMMSN

The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network's 2014 Land and Sand 10K, 5K and Kids 1K Run will be held on March 29th, 2014 in support of our Dolphin Conservation efforts.

The Land and Sand run & walk is the ONLY race that travels over the sand along the Gulf and then on the street for a fun, scenic race. The Dolphin Discovery Zone will be bigger and better than ever with something for everyone to enjoy.  

Join us as we race to the finish line for Dolphin Conservation!  Your support will help us continue our important work.

Registration now open!

Aren't a runner or walker but still want to help? Be sure to sign up to Volunteer for the event!

 Don't forget to check out our sponsorship opportunities as well. 

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Latest News From TMMSN
As of Feb. 2013, please visit our facebook page for all of the latest updates!

January 29, 2013
TMMSN responded to a deceased manatee near Matagorda, performed a necropsy and collected data on the stranding event.  Manatees are rarely found on the Texas coast and have a tough time surviving the winter months here.

January 20, 2013
TMMSN rescues bottlenose dolphin that ran aground in the shallows and became trapped near Talley Island just south of Rockport, TX.

December 21, 2012
 Large fin whale washes ashore on Matagorda beach, investigated by TMMSN

December 13, 2012
A live bottlenose dolphin stranded on PINS in Corpus Christi, TX. Unfortunately, the dolphin died on the beach just prior to transport to rehab.

October 19, 2012
Second live stenella species recovered by TMMSN on PINS today, a Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) stranded in Corpus Christi, TX. Unfortunately, the Spinner dolphin died shortly after arrival to rehabilitation.

October 14, 2012
TMMSN rescues a Clymene Dolphin on Padre Island National Seashore.

 TMMSN Dolphin Rescue Gear
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New Gear and Accessories!

Show your support!
TMMSN has some great gear for your favorite dolphin lover or for yourself

Check out the TMMSN Gift Shop to see great new gear and accessories like mugs, key fobs, and dog gear!

Check out our new hooded sweatshirt adorned with the great Texas TMMSN logo- now available in cobalt blue! 

Don't forget to check out some of our other popular items like, Men's and Women's Sport Polos, Embroidered T's, Duffel Bags, and Dolphin Rescue Team Stickers and T-shirts!

New Hooded Sweatshirts!

Get your official State of Texas license plate here and support the TMMSN everyday with your vehicle.
Dolphin 911:
What to do if you find a stranded dolphin or whale
  • Call 1-800-9-MAMMAL
  • DO NOT return the animal to the sea.
  • Follow instructions from TMMSN staff
    until the rescue team arrives.
  • Keep people and pets away from the
    animal. Only one or two people are needed
    until expert help arrives. Do not leave the
Stranded Dolphin

All work being performed with marine mammals on this website and any other media featuring TMMSN volunteers and staff working with marine mammals, alive or dead, is done with the expressed permission and authority granted to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network organization by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Department of Commerce.  The activities performed on this website may not be performed  by anyone or any organization without such expressed permission under penalty of U.S. Federal law.  More information can be obtained at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov