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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

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Address: 10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulfport, MS 39503-3671
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+1 228-896-9182
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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1984 for the purposes of public education, conservation, and research on marine mammals and sea turtles in the wild and under human care. IMMS has been an active participant of the National Stranding Network since its inception. IMMS is the premier stranding organization in the Mississippi-Louisiana-Alabama region of the Gulf Coast with the capability and expertise to care for sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles. IMMS serves as an important educational resource for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, incorporating programs for conservation, education and research of marine mammals, sea turtles, and their environment.

IMMS is open for public tours year-round, however reservations are required.

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This place was awesome! They rescue animals and rehabilitate them, but some live there and they train them! We got to see all sorts of animals! A bird, snake, dolphins, and a sea... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Hannah B
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Derby, Kansas
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Derby, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was awesome! They rescue animals and rehabilitate them, but some live there and they train them! We got to see all sorts of animals! A bird, snake, dolphins, and a sea lion! All of them were amazing! There was also a touch pool where you can touch stingrays, crabs, and starfish! It was so fun! It was freezing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son (3) and I really enjoyed he was amazed by the bird, it was kinda smaller than I expected but they are expanding so it will be even better soon.

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was such a great place to go with the family interact with the sea animals watch shows see all types of sea animals and learn so much about the Gulf Coast waters and wild life great staff too would recommend this trip to any family you will love it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had so much fun on our visit. Call and make a reservation first! We didn't know and just showed up. We ended up having to come back and hour later for the tour. We enjoyed each part. Bird show, touch it tanks, sifting for sharks teeth and interpretive center, Dolphin show and sea lions show are all included in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very cost effective. Found it rude parents wouldn't remove their loud kids. The speakers didn't use microphones until very end so hard to hear them. Because of that I wouldn't recommend taking kids under 4. The up close and personal to the animals is great. Lot better then Sea World lol

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a really fun outing for the family and enjoyed by everyone. You will most likely want to book reservations ahead as the tours fill up fast and are difficult to get in on last minute (we had to book 3 days out). The whole experience took just under 3 hours and included a presentation with live trained birds,... More 

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Biloxi, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Great visit inexpensive and local not to hard to find good training and quite a experienced staff awesome place

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit. Being the off season there were only 8 in our group. Very nice staff and we enjoyed animal displays.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

First time we visited this place. The staff is very friendly and the kids loved all the animal experiences and information. We were able to get up close to the dolphins and got some kisses. I was all smiles the rest of that day after that. They are such amazing animals! We will be back!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Very informative tour. My kids loved the touch pools with sting-rays and crabs, the personal demonstrations, and of course the Dolphin and Sea Lion shows. With the exception of there being no flips, these shows were as good as any other, but almost private, and you get to be much closer to the action. Both my wife and I and... More 

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