IMMS brings aquatic attractions back to Mississippi
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies is nearing the completion of a $15 million expansion in Gulfport. The addition will be bringing aquatic interaction back to the Coast’s tourism industry for the first time since Hurricane Katrina destroyed Marine Life Oceanarium.
If you’ve got fond memories of the days when Marine Life Oceanarium was open for business in Gulfport, Dr. Moby Solangi from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies has good news for you. The institute is nearing the completion of a $15 million expansion which will be able to provide all new educational attractions to the public as well as a few of the old familiar faces we know and love.
Despite already housing impressive facilities, the institute is nearly doubling in size and allowing you to get closer to the marine life than ever before. “Sometimes the waters are murky. You can’t see any of the stuff. What we are doing is bringing nature close to you. You’ll be able to come in and swim with the sting rays and sharks. You can also see the dolphins and sea lions and be educated,” said Dr. Solangi.
Solangi hopes the new addition will be complete within the next two months and be open for business this summer, creating an attraction that draws public attention and increases interest in our ecosystem. “With our existing facility, we have a 200 seat theater. We have a museum and a touch pool area. I think it will be an experience in the marine sciences to learn about the nature, enjoy it and have fun,” said Dr. Solangi.