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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

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Address: 10801 Dolphin Lane, Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone Number: +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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Excellent family activity

I've been here 3 times with groups of teens, and the IMMS always does a good job. Th big open aquarium where visitors can touch sea organisms and pet sharks and rays is the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
John O

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been here 3 times with groups of teens, and the IMMS always does a good job. Th big open aquarium where visitors can touch sea organisms and pet sharks and rays is the outstanding feature for me. My criticism is that the dolphin show, which is generally fun and entertaining, is truncated when someone forks over considerable money to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the IMMS thanks to trip advisor reviews. We had 6 in our group 2 adults, 17 yr. old, 16 yr.old, 8 yr.old, 7 yr.old. I think everyone of us thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Everything is up close and personal. The guides/trainers are very nice and full of information. Just make sure to make a reservation

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Thank Nicole0102
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This tour is so much fun! You are very hands on and get to see all the animals up close and personal. The dolphin interaction is a must! The staff was so helpful and knew so much about all the animals! We can not wait to go back!

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Thank MSGrl77
Benton, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

$12 adult admission is well worth the cost. Tour included several segments: birds and how they are trained, conservation, petting tanks with small shark, rays, star fish, horseshoe crab. Many tanks with fish and snakes with educational informations, dolphin and sea lion feeding show, kids got to sift sand for shark's tooth keepsake. Located just off 605, this was an... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful place to visit as we try to educate ourselves more on cetaceans and marine life. We didn't want a SeaWorld type place, and this isn't one. The IMMS is active in animal rescue, rehabilitation, and study. The trainers and educators seem genuinely focused on the well-being of the animals. Helpful exhibits on the effects of natural and man-made disasters.... More 

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2 Thank jamish2007
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

My 12 year son and I visited today. It was just an amazing place and very informative. Our tour guide Dennis was very knowledgeable and answered everyone's questions. You learn how the resident animals are trained and how the rescued animals are cared for. There is a tank to pet sharks and rays, a dolphin show and a sea lion... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

Definitely geared towards kids 12 and under. Would not recommend for adults unless you're bringing children. I also saw several teens in our tour who were bored and on their phones most of the time. The only interesting parts that held my attention were the bird, dolphin and sea lion shows. I was most impressed with the animal trainer, Lisa.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

The institute is low key, not flashly, but chock full of information about sea mammals. The tour consists of a parrot demonstration, touching rays in the pools, a sea turtle presentation, and dolphin and sea lion presentations.it was great value and very educational.Skipper was a terrific guide.

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Petal, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

I first took my grandchildren in August and we were unable to enter because we did not realize we had to have reservations. I was very disappointed because we had driven an hour and a half - talking to a 4 and 6 yr old the whole way about what fun we were going to have. I wrote a very... More 

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Aurora, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Everyone was knowledgeable and friendly. They seemed to really care about the animals they worked with. Recommend this as a day-trip for families!

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