|Species: Dwarf Sperm Whale,
Age Class: Adult
Date of Stranding: August 16, 2007
Location of Stranding: Jamaica Beach, Galveston, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 2 Days
Final Disposition: Deceased August 18, 2007
GA1443, an adult female dwarf
sperm whale (Kogia sima), stranded August 16, 2007 close to
Jamaica Beach on Galveston Island, Texas. Braving the strong wind
and rain of Tropical Storm Erin, the TMMSN Critical Care Team (CCT)
arrived on the beach where the stranding was reported and found not
one but two- a mother and calf! Using the professional rescue
techniques learned through 27 years of marine mammal rescue and
rehabilitation, TMMSN volunteers transported both mother and calf to
our Aqua Cell rehabilitation facility where both mother and calf
began receiving care and attention from the TMMSN CCT.
Unfortunately, the mother whale passed away August 18, 2007. A necropsy was performed the same day and revealed signs of cardio myopathy. Though the entire team was saddened by the turn of events, they all continued to press on for the sake of the calf. Read more about GA1443's calf, Moby.
GA1443'S MEDICAL PROCEDURES:
TMMSN performs a diagnostic examination on all patients after arrival to the facility.
GA1443 was supported on a foam mat by volunteers until she was strong enough to swim on her own.
GA1443 AND CALF: