IMMS remembers Hurricane Katrina

Following Hurricane Katrina, many businesses were left destroyed and closed up shop, but for some they rebuilt bigger and better.

One of those was the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, formerly known as Marine Life Oceanarium. It was originally located near Jones Park in 2005. The facility was destroyed and left dolphins and sea lions on the loose in South Mississippi.

Now, today, the sister facility is located off Lorraine Road in Gulfport and continues to grow, attracting visitors from all across the world. “At the visitor station we got information about this place and that’s why we’re here and they’re very happy to see the animals so close.”

IMMS Executive Director Dr. Moby Solangi said, “It’s much, much better than Marine Life was. It’s all interactive. You can swim with the dolphins, sting rays, sharks, and tropical birds.”

IMMS is open year around and if you would like more on their exhibits you can visit their website at

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