Texas Marine Mammal
Coastal Bend Region
Updated 10 May 2006
IN CASE OF STRANDING, CALL 1-800-9-MAMMAL
Note: Turtle and Bird Strandings should be reported to Tony
Amos at (361) 749-6793
The Texas Marine
Mammal Stranding Network is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated
to the conservation and understanding of marine mammals through rescue, rehabilitation,
release, research, and education of stranded marine mammals (dolphins, whales,
and manatees) along Texas Coastline. Six network regions have been designated
along the coast (divided by county), including Sabine Pass, Galveston, Port
O'Connor, Port Aransas, Corpus Christi, and South Padre Island.
The Corpus Christi Region includes:Kleberg
and Kennedy Counties,Corpus Christi Bay Area and Nueces Co. South of Bob Hall
Christi Regional Contacts:
Lea Walker (Coordinator)
710 John Lee Street
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412
Phone: (361) 991-6480
Cell: (361) 947-4313
Fax: (361) 991-0907
Gary Walker (Co-Coordinator)
Phone: (361) 215-5937
- Code 1: Live Stranding
- Code 2: Extremely fresh, no bloating, as if it just died
- Code 3 (Early): Minor bloating, skin peeling
- Code 3 (Late): Moderate decomposition, major bloating,
skin peeling, penis may be extended in males
- Code 4: Advanced decomposition, bone may be exposed due
to decomposition, major bloating, skin peeling, penis extended in males
- Code 5: Mummified carcass, no organs present
- Code 6: Not found (self-released, strands alive and/or
is lost by the tides)
HOW YOU CAN
HELP SAVE A DOLPHIN
- Join the Network. You annual
dues provide continued support.
- Volunteer. (must do step one
first) Volunteers are needed in various areas including rehabilitation, recovery,
office work, and fund-raising. Your individual skills and interest will be
- Purchase our products. We have
a variety of items for sale on our main web site: www.tmmsn.org.
All moneys gained from these sales go to help stranded marine mammals.
- Purchase the new "Marine
Mammal Recovery License Plate". This license plate provides much
needed funding for general operations to keep the Stranding Network solvent
and able to function expeditiously.
- DONATE! Cash is always in short
supply. The Stranding Network receives no State or Federal funding and depends
on individual donations for support. On the Noah rehab event alone, the cost
of salt for his water was $30,000.00!! All donations are tax deductible.
- Donate SUPPLIES. We are always
in need of certain things: Latex Gloves, Masks, Blood Collection tubes, a
laptop, a LARGE chest freezer, a Storage unit or portable building, 2-gallon
freezer bags, contractors clean-up bags, xl wetsuits. The list goes on and
on. If you have a surplus of anything, call us to see if we can use it.
Latest Regional News:
- Stranding (Code 3): PA-771, a female bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops
truncatus, stranded at Cole Park in Corpus Christi on April 22, 2006.
- Stranding (Code 1): CC-233, an adult female Melon-headed Whale, Peponocephala
electra, stranded alive approximate 3 miles south on the Padre Island
National Seashore on March 26th, 2006. "Sandy" was transferred to the Texas State Aquarium Sea Lab Facility for
rehabilitation, but due to her medical condition she was euthenized on March
Upcoming local events:
- Monday, June 12th: The monthly gathering -- an email will be sent when the
location has been chosen.
Items of Interest:
There are 29 species of marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. Though not all
species are found near Corpus Christi and the Texas coastline, most of the species
have stranded at some point in history along the Gulf of Mexico's coastline.
out about Marine Mammals in the Gulf of Mexico
of the World
of Marine Mammal Terms
Anatomy of Cetaceans
to other Marine Mammal Stranding Networks and other information on Marine Mammals
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