As part of HMNS' centennial celebration, an internet blog was created featuring 100 of the museum's most unique objects.
Butler submitted a photograph of the animal to the HMNS for verification, showing that its head and appendages were white.
Robert Bakker, curator of paleontology at the HMNS
, and his team found the new specimen at Craddock Brothers Ranch in Seymour, Texas.
These bones were originally considered part of an incomplete skeleton of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus; HMNS 1256-1258) that, according to HMNS records, was collected by Professor Attwater prior to 1929.
This material has been reassigned HMNS catalog numbers VM.
-- Lake Corpus Christi, Live Oak County, Texas, 5 October 1993, two specimens (HMNS
42487); Amistad Reservoir (near confluence of Devils River), Val Verde County, Texas, 21 December 1994, two specimens (HMNS
42486); Middle Concho River upstream from Twin Buttes Reservoir, Tom Green County, Texas, 3 August 1994, two specimens (HMNS