Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
Early March is already considered the beginning of stranding season for marine animals and the stormy weather on the Coast is not making things better.
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport has had an unusually high amount of calls for taking care of dead dolphins and sea turtles. The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies Director Moby Solangi tells News 25 this year alone 33 dolphins were reported stranded. He believes the problem may have something to do with weather patterns when the mammals migrate to the Coast’s shallow water to give birth. “When the waters are rough, choppy seas, it’s very difficult for the mothers to take care of their babies.”
If you see a marine mammal or a sea turtle please call the institute’s rescue hotline at 1-888-SOS-DOLPHIN.