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SML_Cover_Aug2014 August 2014

[PDF] UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, Dolphins at IMMS make learning fun

2014-07-10_SummerCamp July 10, 2014

Kids from 5 to 14 enjoyed fun and educational activities at our 2014 summer camp.

2014-06-02_DolphinsInFreshWater June 2, 2014

Dr. Moby Solangi interview about restrictions on rescuing dolphins in trouble in fresh water.

2014-05-28_DolphinInFreshWater May 28, 2014

More dolphins are facing peril by entering fresh water.

2014-05-24-TurtleRelease GulfportBeach WLOX May 24, 2014

Boy Scouts, students and community members help IMMS release 10 critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles.

2014-04-30-DeadSeaTurtles April 30, 2014

In the first four months of 2014 IMMS has investigated the deaths of 40 sea turtles.

2014-04-18-DeadDolphinsWashAshore April 18, 2014

Are continuing high numbers of dolphin deaths attributable to the BP oil spill? Interview with IMMS' Dr. Moby Solangi.

2014-03-18-IMMSminicampShipIsland March 18, 2014

Boy Scouts atteanding an IMMS "Mini Camp" take the first trip of the season to Ship Island for a day of learning and fun.

2014-03-11-BoardOfSupervisorsPiers-n-Turtles March 11, 2014

IMMS' Dr. Moby Solangi speaks at Harrison Co. Board of Supervisors discussion of delays to pier repair due to NOAA regulations regarding endangered sea turtles.

2014-03-09-PierRepairDelays March 9, 2014

IMMS' Dr. Moby Solangi interviewed regarding delays to pier repair due to NOAA regulations regarding endangered sea turtles.

2014-02-25_PaintWithDolphin February 25, 2014

Rescued dolphin "Chance" displays his artistic flair in IMMS' Paint With A Dolphin program.

2013-12-22-MobysInterviewonNOAAreport December 22, 2013

IMMS' Dr. Moby Solangi responds to NOAA report on affect of BP oil spill on dolphins in Barataria Bay.

2013-12-19-NOAAStudyBPOilSpillDolphins December 19, 2013

NOAA issues report on affect of BP oil spill on dolphins in Barataria Bay.

2013-09-30-Internship September 30, 2013

IMMS offers many internship opportunities to qualified students and graduates.

2014-03-09-DrSolangiTalksAboutLoggerheadEggs September 18, 2013

IMMS is keeping a close eye on a rare loggerhead sea turtle nest in Pass Christian.

2013-08-29-Mrs-Bryant-Reading August 29, 2013

Mississippi's First Lady, Deborah Bryant reads Eight Dolphins of Kartina, A True Tale of Survival to 4th grade students at Bayou View Elementary.

2013-06-29-SeaTurtleReleaseGulfportBeach June 29, 2013

Following rehabilitation IMMS releases one loggerhead and nine Kemp's ridley sea turtles at Gulfport beach.

May 29, 2013

Cub scouts and other members of the public joined IMMS on Gulfport beach to release endangered sea turtles

May 29, 2013

IMMS Center for Marine Education & Research's public tours

May 29, 2013

Meet Maya and Gabby the newest members of the IMMS family

May 28, 2013

IMMS takes in 4 stranded sea lions

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day celebrants find and assist stranded dolphin

November 25, 2012

IMMS nurses dolphin back to health

November 20, 2012

IMMS assists NOAA's criminal investigation of dolphin killings and mutilations in the Gulf Coast region

October 24, 2012

IMMS forms partnership with Mississippi State University

September 24, 2012

Apollo beats the odds but still can't survive on his own.

September 11, 2012

A juvenile dolphin that was found to be hearing impaired during his rehabilitation by the Audubon Institute has found a new home at IMMS.

August 17, 2012

Some loggerhead turtles hatchlings got a 30-mile head start Friday on a journey that will last thousands of miles.

August 16, 2012

It was a rare sight Thursday morning when baby loggerhead turtles were found at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.

July 6, 2012

IMMS releases 22 turtles, three equipped with satellite tags. Track the turtles on the IMMS website.

May 9, 2012

College students from Bowling Green State University in Ohio visit IMMS for an intensive one-week course for college credit.

January 27, 2012

2 1/2 year old dolphin Chance doing well at IMMS.

December 19, 2011

Follow Strider's amazing journey from Cedar Key, Florida back to Mississippi where he was rescued months earlier.

November 23, 2011

Male Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin "Chance" strands near Fort Morgan AL on the day before Thanksgiving. Read the news coverage here.

October 28, 2011

The northern Gulf of Mexico receives an unusually high number of strandings for October. IMMS investigates.

October 25, 2011

IMMS investigates stranding along MS coast. Seasonally higher than usual numbers of dead dolphins stranding.

July 23, 2011

IMMS releases four more satellite tagged Kemp's ridley sea turtles into the Mississippi Sound. Lt. Governor Phil Bryant and his wife attended and participated in the release.

News Coverage July 2011

NOAA holds public scoping meeting to discuss additional regulations for shrimpers due to the large number of sea turtle deaths in 2010 and 2011, but not everyone is convinced that shrimpers are to blame.

SunHerald Article June 21, 2011

Sea turtle rescued from Horn Island. DMR and IMMS work with a family to bring sea turtle to safety. Turtle currently in rehab at IMMS Center for Marine Education and Research.

WLOX Article June 9, 2011

Dead dolphin and hundreds of fish wash up in Harrison County. Officials from DMR and IMMS investigate.

SunHerald Article May 22, 2011

Reporter Al Jones of the SunHerald discovers a dead sea turtle while boating in the Mississippi Sound.

Press Coverage Spring and Summer 2011

The Ocean Expo Summer Camp is a great way for kids to keep learning about science, nature, conservation, and our local environment throughout the summer. Learn more in these news articles.

Press Coverage May 10, 2011

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies is happy to announce the arrival of two new dolphins into our family.  Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins Bo, a female, and Buster, a male, are the first dolphins to make their home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Bo and Buster are sure to bring joy and awareness of marine issues to Gulf Coast residents for years to come.

Press Coverage February 21, 2011 Onward

Baby dolphins recovered from the beaches of Mississippi and Alabama are being examined by staff and volunteers from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport.

WWL New Orleans Video (December 30, 2010)

Sea Turtles at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies are still recovering after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill but these animals cannot be released until water temperatures in the Gulf become warmer in the spring.

Fox10 Mobile Video (December 29, 2010)

Matt Barentine reports on the the death of a manatee discovered just one day after the death of another manatee that was found suffering from cold stress on Christmas day.

Fox10 Mobile Video (December 29, 2010)

Matt Barentine travels to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies to revisit the sea turtles in rehabilitation at the Center. The sea turtles will spend the winter in a climate controlled facility and will be released in the spring.

WLOX Video (December 29, 2010)

Elizabeth Vowell reports on manatee deaths. Two manatees were recovered from Moss Point Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama. Both animals died from cold stress due to extended low temperatures this month.

SunHerald Article (December 29, 2010)

Two adult male manatees are found dead as cold weather sets in. Researchers from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies are called in to assist the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in recovery efforts and examination of the animals.

WLOX Video (December 4, 2010)

IMMS was pleased to accept a donation of $10,000 from Walgreens for the outstanding work IMMS has done in responding to and rehabilitating sea turtles and marine mammals affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The award was presented during the Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 4th, where hundreds of people enjoyed fun Holiday activities, entertainment, animal demonstrations and more.

SunHerald Article (November 30, 2010)

The sea turtles released by IMMS on Nov 20 and Nov 23 have all traveled around the MS Sound but one sea turtle, Terry, has made his way south and is now below Venice LA! IMMS Director wants boaters and fishermen to know about these special turtles and to call IMMS if the sea turtles become caught in nets or need help.

Ocean Springs Gazette Article (November 24, 2010)

Angela Cutrer reports on the release of three endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles that were returned to their natural environment on November 23, 2010. Sen. Thad Cochran was on site to help release the animals. Each turtle was equipped with a satellite tracking tag to monitor their movements for several months.

WLOX Video (November 23, 2010)

Three more sea turtles return home. The turtles were equipped with satellite tracking tags in order to track their movements. Sen. Thad Cochran joined IMMS to help return the animals to their natural environment. You can track the animals online at the IMMS website. read more...

SunHerald Article (November 22, 2010)

Three sea turtles were released on November 20, 2010 just south of Ship Island MS. The SunHerald was there to document the joyous event. Marlin Miller, the famous Katrina tree sculptor whose carvings can be found along Hwy 90 was there to return one of the turtles to the wild. read more...

Press Coverage April 20, 2010 Onward

On April 20, 2010, an oil drilling platform 50 miles off the shores of Mississippi and Louisiana blew up and collapsed releasing thousands of gallons of oil. This oil spill could be detrimental to marine mammals, sea turtles, birds, and fish. Rescuers from the IMMS are prepared to respond to any marine mammals or sea turtles that may be compromised by the spill.

SunHerald Article (October 6, 2010)

At the reception hosted last night by Governor Haley Barbour at the Governor’s Mansion, it was announced that the new Ocean Expo Learning Center in D’Iberville, MS will be designed by Eley Guild Hardy Architects and TVS Design. (read more)

WLOX Video (July 20, 2010)

WLOX follows Dr. Sharon Walker and the Ocean-Expo Summer Camp aboard the pontoon boat 'Curlew' to learn about marine animals, plants, and habitats. Children learn to fish and enjoy the natural environment with knowledgeable staff and instructors.

SunHerald Article (July 13, 2010)

The new IMMS Ocean Expo Summer Camp began this week. Even with oil on the beach, children can learn about our local marine ecosystems. In fact, now is the perfect time for them to learn to appreciate and protect our marine habitats. The camp includes trips to the beach and marsh, boat rides, learning to fish and crab, and much much more.

WLOX Article and Video (March 31, 2010)

Officials from Biloxi and Gulfport say they are disappointed that the new Oceanarium will not be located in their cities. All three cities put together attractive proposals but, in the end, D'Iberville won. Includes interviews and comments from the officials from Biloxi and Gulfport.

Sun Herald Article (March 31, 2010)

Ocean Expo will be built in D'lberville and will be an interactive attraction with marine mammals, aquariums, and birds. It will feature both indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as a restaurant. D'Iberville hopes that the new aquarium will draw tourists and attract additional developments.

WLOX Article and Video (March 31, 2010)

IMMS announced that the new Ocean Expo Learning Center will be located in D'Iberville. This unique attraction will add a family friendly dynamic to tourism on Mississippi Gulf Coast. The D'Iberville site was chosen due to its proximity to I-10, elevation, and insurance costs.

Ocean Springs Gazette Article (March 10, 2010)

Katrina destroyed the coast's marine education and entertainment centers but rebuilding has begun. The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies began with the Center for Marine Education and Research and now has plans to build a new public entertainment aquarium on the Coast. Dr. Sharon Walker will be joining IMMS as the new Director of Education for the Center and the new facility.

WLOX Article and Video (March 9, 2010)

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies responds to the 11th stranding this year on the Mississippi and Alabama coast. The dolphin was found on a beach in Pascagoula. There are typically more dolphin strandings in the spring. The tissue samples taken from each stranded dolphin can help us to understand issues affecting the marine environment.

WLOX Midday Show (March 5, 2010)

Dr. Moby Solangi and Dr. Sharon Walker discuss future plans for a new marine center that will be opening on the Coast. Dr. Sharon Walker, former head of J.L. Scott Marine Education Center at the University of Southern Mississippi will be joining the Institute to enhance the educational experience at both the Center for Marine Education and Research and new attraction.

Sun Herald Article (March 2, 2010)

Dr. Sharon Walker, former head of the J. L. Scott education center in Biloxi, MS, will join IMMS as Director of Education and Outreach. Dr. Walker has been involved in public education for over 20 years, and has worked with organizations like NOAA, Stennis Space Center, EPA, and USM Gulf Coast Research Lab. Dr. Walker will be a great asset for IMMS, and she plans to expand and enhance the educational experiences offered by IMMS.

Mississippi Roads Video (February 4, 2010)

Marlin Miller, an artist well known for his tree sculptures along Hwy 90, recently visited the Institute to carve three dolphins. The beautiful cedar dolphins were constructed on site and the entire process was documented for this segment on ‘Mississippi Roads’. When planning your next visit to the Center for Marine Education and Research, be sure to bring a camera for an excellent photo opportunity.

Fox 10 Article and Video (January 5, 2010)

The Institute responds to strandings in Alabama. Fox 10 News reports on stranded dolphin and pelican carcasses that have been found littering the beaches in Baldwin County Alabama. Includes an eye-witness report and an interview with Dr. Moby Solangi.

Press Register Articles (December 13, 2009)

The Press Register visits IMMS to report on the rescued dolphin and the marine mammal stranding workshop that will take place on January 9, 2010 at the University of South Alabama.

Sun Herald Article (November 29, 2009)

The Sun Herald provides an update on the condition of the dolphin rescued in Gulf Shores AL, after Tropical Storm Ida.

NBC Today Show Video (November 28, 2009)

The Today Show, which broadcasts to a national audience, features the latest dolphin rescue and shares our message of conservation with the nation.The segment includes footage of the amazing November 10th dolphin rescue and a peak at how the dolphin is doing now.

Press Register Article (November 13, 2009)

The Press-Register provides a detailed account of the bottlenose dolphin rescue that took place on November 10, 2009 after Ida made landfall.

Sun Herald Article (November 12, 2009)

Read the Sun Herald's update on the dolphin in rehabilitation at the Center for Marine Education and Research. The dolphin was discovered stranded on November 10, 2009. It is assumed that the dolphin was washed ashore when Hurricane Ida made landfall.

WLOX Article and Video (November 11, 2009)

WLOX reporter Steve Phillips visits IMMS to document the amazing rescue of a young bottlenose dolphin that was found stranded on the beach on November 10, 2009. The dolphin is currently receiving treatment at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport.

IMMS Article (November 10, 2009)

On Tuesday, November 10 2009, in the aftermath of hurricane Ida, a male, juvenile Atlantic bottlenose dolphin was found stranded on a remote beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Local officials contacted the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS), the designated marine mammal stranding response organization for the area. Upon arrival, the IMMS team found the 190 lb. dolphin stranded 150 yards from the water line. (read more)

Sun Herald News Article (October 17, 2009)

IMMS was featured in the Sun Herald over the weekend!  The Sea Explorer’s Club, a brand new program offered at IMMS, is designed for all ages and features classes that teach participants how to snorkel, fish, and set up their own aquarium! The first Sea Explorer’s Club “Secrets of SCUBA” will be held on Saturday, October 24th. Call (228) 896-9182 to sign up today!

IMMS Article (September 16, 2009)

On September 15, IMMS staff attended a manatee stranding workshop held at the LSU campus. The workshop, hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, included a seminar and necropsy training session for Gulf Coast stranding networks. Manatees are endangered and may suffer cold stress in winter. If you see a manatee along the Gulf Coast of MS, please report the sighting to IMMS for further monitoring.


IMMS Article (July 18, 2009)

IMMS hosted it’s third “Take Pride in the Tide” Beach Clean-up on July 18, 2009. This year’s event was a great success! We had an amazing turnout, with 107 participants!  In fact, everyone was so diligent, that we collected a total of 120 bags of trash!  Thanks to everyone that participated!!!

WLOX Article and Video (July 16, 2009)

WLOX reporter Steve Phillips report on dolphin research. He joins IMMS staff on a research trip in the Mississippi Sound to discover why these delightful creatures are important to humans and the environment.


Sun Herald News Article (March 17, 2009)

Seven dolphin calves and two adult dolphins have beached in Harrison County in the last two weeks but there aren’t reports of other marine life dying. “I’m not alarmed,” said Moby Solangi, director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport. “This year is a little bit unusual,” he said, but “these spikes occur all the time.”



Fox 8 News Article and Video (March 12, 2009)

Dolphin calves are found stranded along the Mississippi Coast. The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies works to examine the animals and urges the public to report all sightings of dolphins washed up on the beach.


WLOX News Article (March 11, 2009)

Researchers at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies host a 'Stranding Seminar' for local law enforcers in order to provide information about what to do when a stranding occurs. Time is critical when responding to strandings and these officers are often informed first.


Sun Herald News Article (March 10, 2009)

As dolphin calves continue to wash up on Biloxi and Gulfport beaches, researchers from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies are called to investigate.  All sightings of stranded marine mammals should be reported as soon as possible by calling 1-888-SOS DOLPHIN.


Sun Herald News Article (March 8, 2009)

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies investigates the deaths of two stranded dolphin calves that were found on Saturday. The two calves were found on Biloxi Beach near the Beau Rivage Resort.


WLOX Video (March 4, 2009)

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies is featured on Rebecca Powers South Mississippi Heroes segment which highlights local heroes. Includes interview with IMMS founder Moby Solangi and the touching story of the rescue of eight dolphins swept out to sea by Hurricane Katrina.


Sun Herald News Article (February 23, 2009)

A dolphin found stranded in Pass Christian died over the weekend. The dolphin was undergoing rehabilitation at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies located in Gulfport, MS. Dedicated staff and volunteers at the Institute worked around the clock to care for the dolphin but, unfortunately, the dolphin did not make it.


Sun Herald News Article (February 20, 2009)

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies responded to a live dolphin stranding in Pass Christian, MS. The dolphin was in critical condition and was transported to the Institute for rehabilitation. The 550 lb. dolphin was being treated for respiratory problems and parasites and needed assistance staying afloat.


WLOX News Article and Video (January 30, 2009)

A Harrison County kindergarten class enjoys a field trip at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. The students experience a hands-on approach to learning about the marine environment including seeing and touching living marine creatures.


IMMS News Article (December 2008)

The IMMS stranding team had a busy year! Generally, the majority of strandings reported along the Mississippi Gulf Coast occur between the months of February and May.


Sun Herald News Article (November 24, 2008)

With the new Center for Marine Education and Research soon to be open, The Sun Herald interviews Moby Solangi, President of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, about the new facility, and the Institutes’ famous Katrina dolphin rescues.


WLOX News Article and Video (October 10, 2008)

Steve Phillips visits the recently completed Center for Marine Education and Research located on the industrial seaway canal in Gulfport.  The Center will provide a place for students and the public to learn about the marine environment.


WLOX News Article and Video (August 2, 2008)

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies hosts its second Take Pride in the Tide Beach Cleanup in Gulfport.  The beach cleanup gained support from many community businesses who donated raffle prizes for those who participated in the event. 


WLOX News Article and Video (July 7, 2008)

A Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle was collected by Marine Patrol officials after receiving reports of the animal swimming with a fishing hook in its mouth. After spending the weekend under observation, the animal was released back into the Mississippi Sound on July 7, 2008.


WLOX News Article and Video (May 17, 2008)

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies launched the Take Pride in the Tide Beach Beautification Project which was held in Biloxi. By hosting the beach cleanup, the Institute hopes to raise awareness for marine conservation. The Institute plans to continue hosting the Take Pride in the Tide Beach Cleanup’s at different beaches across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


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