Interact with marine animals at new facility in Gulfport

The new 30,000 square foot addition at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies has been kept quite the secret since construction began a couple years ago. Now, tickets are finally available.
For visitors that come to our Coast for its waters, there’s now a way to experience what lies beneath them hands on. The $15 million addition at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport is now open. So far, it’s making a splash.
Ocean Adventure’s Marine Park has been something IMMS Director Dr. Moby Solangi has dreamt of since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. “What is used to be was a Marine Life. It was a landmark facility. I ran it. It got destroyed and we’ve come back bigger and better.”
The new marine park is made up of five interactive buildings. Inside them, guests get to watch the dolphin and sea-lion shows, interact and feed birds, pet sting rays and swim with sharks and learn about the marine life. “It provides a venue for educating children. That’s what is unique about it. There’s nothing like that here right now and I think the interactive part is really special.”
One of the many interactive activities you can experience at the marine park is feeding sting rays. “I like how the people interacted with the animals. I thought it was amazing. I think it was sweet.”
“Not only did they show us tricks, but they use it educationally.”
Ocean Adventure’s Marine Park has only been open for a couple days and Solangi says the amount of visitors has exceeded expectations. “This is an incredible facility. It’s an interactive facility. It’s a lot of fun. We make learning fun.”
Tickets are available online or at the park’s box office.

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