Search continues for young dolphin tangled in fishing line in Galveston

Officials continue to search for the young dolphin wrapped in a fishing line in Galveston as of Thursday, August 4, according to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. 

Officials continue to search for the young dolphin wrapped in a fishing line in Galveston as of Thursday, August 4, according to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. 

Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Officials continue to search for the young dolphin wrapped in a fishing line in Galveston as of Thursday, August 4, according to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

The nonprofit organization alerted the public about the dolphin in need on Facebook on Wednesday, August 3. In the post, officials stated the fishing line was wrapped around its tail flukes. The network was able to remove part of the entanglement that initially wrapped around its dorsal fin, allowing it to swim more freely.

However, Heidi Whitehead, TMMSN Executive Director, told MySA on Thursday morning that the dolphin is still trailing gear. She added that the team is working with the public to receive sightings to hopefully develop a pattern for it so they can potentially stage a rescue effort. 

The network was able to remove park of the entanglement that initially wrapped around its dorsal fin, allowing it to swim more freely.

The network was able to remove park of the entanglement that initially wrapped around its dorsal fin, allowing it to swim more freely.

Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Whitehead said they are asking the public to report all sightings of the dolphin so they can remove the remaining fishing line. She added there may be a popping cork or additional debris that has subsequently attached to the initial wrap. 

For those who spot the dolphin, officials ask they report sightings of the dolphin with a date, time of the sighting, the specific location, and a video, if possible. You can call 1-800-9MAMMAL (962-6625) for more information. Officials added to not approach or pursue the dolphin. If it approaches you, they said to quickly reel in your line to avoid losing your bait or gear and to prevent further injury to the dolphin. 

The dolphin has been observed alone around the Galveston Ship Channel and Seawolf Park.

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