Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

(MML0407, CMA-0403A)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Male
Date Stranded May 2, 2004
Location of Stranding Indian Rocks Beach, Florida (St. Pete/Clearwater)
Date of Arrival May 2, 2004
Number of Days of Care 98 days at DWH

Final Disposition

Transferred to Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Mayo (as in Cinco de Mayo) on arrival being supported by volunteers
5/3 This dolphin stranded on Indian Rocks Beach. It was brought to Mote's Dolphin and Whale Hospital by staff of Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It had many bite marks over its entire body that were a combination of dolphin bites and shark bites. It is in very critical condition and unable to swim and its lungs are full of fluids. We have started the dolphin on antibiotics and it is being supported in the water. Prognosis is very guarded.

5/4 Dolphin had to be supported for about two hours and then started swimming on its own. Suffering from gastric stasis this morning, but that seems to have resolved now. May offer some solid food later today.

5/5 Dolphin took solid food yesterday and continues to swim on its own. Wounds look bad, but seem to be responding to treatment.

5/8 Some of the deeper wounds are abscessing, but we are working to keep them open and draining. Have added an additional antibiotic to control the infection. Dolphin is now eating and swimming well.

5/10 Dolphin continues to do fairly well. Abscessing wounds are healing now. Will plan to ultrasound dolphin tomorrow to check for deep abscesses.

5/11 Exam this morning went well. Morbillivirus titer is negative and wounds are healing well. Appetite remains excellent.

5/14 Dolphin's appetite continues to be excellent and dolphin is now gaining weight. We have begun some physical therapy on some areas. Overall, doing fairly well.

5/19 Dolphin's white count is now normal. He is swimming better and appetite continues to be excellent.

5/21 Wounds continue to heal well.

5/24 Dolphin's wounds are healing well and white count is staying down. Dolphin is becoming stronger and harder to handle, which is usually a good sign.

5/27 Blood work was good today. Dolphin is gaining weight well.

6/1 Continuing to do very well.

6/5 Dolphin is getting much stronger and is making wound care more difficult, but most wounds are almost completely healed.

6/10 Continuing to improve.

6/13 Dolphin is resisting handling even more, but doing very well otherwise. Most wounds are healed completely.

6/16 We are down to treating only two wounds at this point. Dolphin continues to do well.

6/19 Continuing to improve.

6/28 Dolphin is doing very well and wounds are almost healed.

6/30 Dolphin continues to do well. We are preparing a request for permission to release this dolphin in the next month.

7/6 Continuing to do very well.

7/14 Dolphin has become playful and has gained weight. One last wound continues to heal.

7/21 Wound is almost healed. A minor intestinal infection has developed, so dolphin has been put back on antibiotics. We have offered live prey, but dolphin has not yet taken any. Continuing to gain weight.

7/27 Continued improvement.

8/5 Dolphin is doing very well, but still has not taken live prey.

8/8 Dolphin was transferred to Clearwater Marine Aquarium for continued rehabilitation to make room for the seven rough toothed dolphins.

8/19 Dolphin is reportedly doing well at CMA.

10/26 The dolphin, now renamed "Indy", has been declared unreleasable because of an inability to capture live prey by the National Marine Fisheries Service. He has been introduced to the captive dolphins at CMA and is getting along with them well. 

 Wounds on peduncle on arrival. Dolphin is covered with similar wounds.

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