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Cagney & Lacey

 

Species: Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus
Age Class: Adults
Gender: Female
Date of Stranding: August 5, 2008
Location of Stranding: Bolivar Peninsula, Crystal Beach, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 1 Day
Final Disposition: Released August 6, 2008

Cagney & Lacey

Tropical Storm Edouard brought the TMMSN not one stranded dolphin, but TWO!
August 5, 2008 at 3pm, the TMMSN received a report of a live dolphin on Bolivar Peninsula at Crystal Beach. Upon arrival to the beach, we learned that there were two bottlenose dolphins stranded on the beach within 50 yards of each other. The TMMSN team worked quickly to ensure that both dolphins were comfortable before loading them both into the TMMSN truck for transport. The dolphins were transported by ferry to the TMMSN's rehabilitation facility in Galveston, TX, where they were placed in the rehabilitation pool at about 5pm.
One of the dolphins began swimming on her own immediately, while the other was able to support herself with minimal assistance from volunteers.
A third stranded dolphin was also reported in High Island later that evening, but unfortunately, the beachgoer had already pushed the animal back out to sea before calling. Critical Care Team members and the Galveston County Sheriff's office searched the beach in the event that they restranded, but were unable to find the animal.

 

 

 

CAGNEY & LACEY - TRANSPORT TO TMMSN'S REHABILITATION FACILITY:

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CAGNEY & LACEY - IN REHABILITATION:
After close observation of the animals, it is believed that they were brought in by the storm surge and left stranded on the beach as the waters receded. The two dolphins were in good body condition and were approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for immediate release back into the ocean.

 

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CAGNEY & LACEY - RELEASE:
The dolphins were fitted with id tags and successfully released near their original stranding site on August 6, 2008 at about 6:30pm. TMMSN thanks everyone who helped with the rescue and the organization and execution of the successful release. The two female dolphins are now swimming freely in their wild ocean home.

 

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For more pictures of Cagney & Lacey's Release, see the slideshows below!
Cagney and Lacey Release Picture Slideshow 1 
Cagney and Lacey Release Picture Slideshow 2
Cagney and Lacey Release Picture Slideshow 3

 

CAGNEY & LACEY - IN THE NEWS:
Galveston County Daily News
Stranded Dolphins Returned to Sea
KHOU 11 News ran several stories on Cagney & Lacey. You can watch each of the videos below.
Dolphins Rescued After Being Stranded by Edouard - Video 1
Dolphins Rescued After Being Stranded by Eduoard - Video 2
Stranded Dolphins Returned to Gulf
Raw Video: Dolphins Released Into Gulf - Video 1
Stranded Dolphins Returned to the Gulf
KTRK ABC 13
Two Dolphins Rescued After TS Edouard
Chron.com
Stranded Dolphins Returned to the Gulf (video embedded below)