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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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Description: 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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Well worth it!

We really enjoyed taking this tour, and it was well worth it. I wouldn't hesitate going for a return visit. The staff keeps the group on a schedule which has apparently been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Covington, Tennessee
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Covington, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We really enjoyed taking this tour, and it was well worth it. I wouldn't hesitate going for a return visit. The staff keeps the group on a schedule which has apparently been fine tuned to keep children engaged the whole time. Each staff member was enthusiastic with answering questions too.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I enjoyed all of it; but it is not quite ready for prime time. There is too much down time in between the events. However the small intimate atmosphere made up for it. And the sea lion was darling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

At IMMS, they do a fantastic job of educating the public and rehabilitating the animals and releasing them, if possible. Plus, the staff is very friendly, they don't appear burned out from their jobs, and they actually want you to ask questions and become more knowledgeable. I felt welcomed and that people genuinely cared about their jobs and the animals.... More 

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boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

It is a fun and educational experience right here in gulfport. Great for tourists and locals alike. Learn about sealife rehabilitaion and rescue, see dolphins feed the stingrays.... a great place. Great price.

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Went with my child on a field trip, and thoroughly enjoyed the day! The dolphin show was great! Recommend.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I did the morning tour, on one of the colder days that Gulfport has seen this year. NOTE - Some portions of the tour are OUTSIDE!! I wasn't aware of this when I booked, but it was still worth it. I really enjoyed learning more about the various marine life that is present in the gulf coast area. I think... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

We were totally impressed with all that you get to do for the price. Our whole family was completely entertained for at least two hours. Would definitely recommend!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We had a great time. Our group was small and we went at o 30 so everyone was fresh and it was still pleasant out. The animals are adorable. The presentations are informative. The staff is courteous. Highly recommend.

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Pascagoula, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Entertaining and educational. The friendly and informative staff take you on a tour with wonderful animals. So enjoyed it! Can't wait to go back in the Summer to swim with the dolphins! Very inexpensive and worth way more than it costs.

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Who knew you could meet dolphins here in Gulfport!!!! Yes they are open from April till October to meet and greet the animals. So much to learn and see. My son had a blast, I know your kids will too. And best you don't have to visit exotic places to see them...

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