Subject: Stranding of a melonhead whale

S. Jones (
Wed, 11 Nov 1998 11:23:12 -0800 (PST)

On Wed, 11 Nov 1998 wrote:

> I am helping Texas A&M trying to save a small melon-head whale.
> Does anyone know what the heartrate of a melonhead is and is there anywhere I
> can get specifications or information that might help us have a greater
> insight to want is taking place. 
> The current heart rate is between 50-82 depending on where he is in the tank
> and how he is feeling. He is about 76 inches long and about 160 lbs. He is
> eating fish
> (dead, thawed) but doesn,t notice the fish swimming under him. He is not
> swimming on his own yet. But was recovered 7 days ago on South Padre Island
> Texas. We believe his mother died after grounding about 10 miles further down
> the beach. Linda may price did the acropcy(sp) on the female and has greater
> details if you need to get ahold of her. Tmmsn Texas marine mammel stranding
> network. 
> This is more for my benefit to know more about what is taking place and what
> should be. Thank-you Glen R. Sayre
Dear Glen,

The information you are requesting is out of my area of expertise.
However, I suggest you post the message on Marmam, a marine mammal list
server that many experts in the field subscribe to.  The address is
You may also want to contact Fred Wenzel at  He
is based out of Wheelock College and may be able to offer additional
insight into your question.

Good luck!