|Species: Bottlenose Dolphin,
Age Class: Juvenile
Date of Stranding: April 30, 1996
Location of Stranding: Matagorda, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 184 days
Final Disposition: Transferred October 31, 1996 to SeaWorld San Antonio
On April 30, 1996, Mattie Stranded alive on a beach near Matagorda Bay, TX.
Mattie was estimated at 1 year of age at the time of stranding. For animals of this age that have only learned rudimentary survival skills, it is not likely that they will fare well after release. Therefore, Mattie was transported to SeaWorld San Antonio on October 31, 1996.
Mattie is doing very well at SeaWorld and has had several calves.
MATTIE UPDATE 3:
TMMSN volunteers Lynette Bodmer and Lauren Dawson visited Mattie in August 2011, after the birth of her most recent calf. View the slideshow below to see Mattie in 2011.
MATTIE UPDATE 2:
On a recent visit to Sea World San Antonio in December 2008, Lea Walker--TMMSN Corpus Christi Regional Coordinator took the following pictures of Mattie.
MATTIE UPDATE 1:
On March 28, 1999, volunteers from the network visited Mattie and reported her as 7'4" long, weighing 350 lbs. Playing ethusiastically with the Sea World staff. She seams quite healthy and happy.