Dolphin dies after being rescued in Galveston
17th June 2003
GALVESTON, Texas -- A dolphin rescued last week by the Marine Mammal Stranding Network has died, likely from a combination of heart disease and malnourishment.
"We had our doctor trying to do a procedure to remove a fishing line from his throat, and his condition was just so tentative that he didn't make it through," Tammy Renaud, the network's state operations coordinator, told The Galveston County Daily News in Tuesday's editions.
The dolphin died during the procedure, which was performed Saturday morning, after it was rescued Friday from rocks along a beach on Galveston Island.
Renaud said the dolphin was about 150 pounds underweight.
"It was very frustrating, but what was even more frustrating was thinking how long he had suffered before landing on the beach," she said. "He had very little blubber left, and he had been sick for a long time before he came in here."