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Dead dolphin washes ashore in Harrison County

This morning, WXXV’s Kristen Anzuini found a dead dolphin that washed ashore on the beach in Harrison County. The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies has picked up the dolphin and they will be running tests on it. IMMS says they…

IMMS learning from their sea turtles

Information is flooding into the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies from their three turtles that they released late last year. Following a lengthy rehab for most of 2019, IMMS released their turtles Fig Newton, Scar, and Shucker into the Mississippi…

Tracking sea turtles

Every day the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies works hard to rehabilitate sea creatures to send them back to their natural habitats. Currently, IMMS is tracking three sea turtles that have been released into their natural environment. The sea turtles…

Reaction to lawsuit related to Bonnet Carre Spillway

Reaction is coming in following Attorney General Jim Hood’s announcement yesterday of the state’s intention to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the Bonnet Carre Spillway openings. Dr. Moby Solangi with the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in…

‘Fintastic Boo Fest’ at IMMS

Looking for a fun fall activity to do with the whole family? This weekend you can get the Halloween experience with a Coastal twist. Things are getting a little bit spooky over at Ocean Adventures Marine Park in Gulfport, this…

Update on rare whale at IMMS

Last week, we brought you the story of how the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies rescue team saved a stranded rare whale. When IMMS first rescued this whale, they originally thought he was a melon-head whale. Now, after further investigation,…

Update on rare whale at IMMS

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies rescue team saved a stranded rare melon-head whale on Thursday. The whale was in critical condition and has been in heavy treatment ever since. Upon arrival, crews identified the injuries as a large shark…

Rare whale being cared for at IMMS

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies is now bringing a one of a kind animal back to health. IMMS rescued a rare melon-headed whale after it was reported stranded on Cat Island by a fisherman on Thursday afternoon. This whale…

Swimming with the dolphins

One of the most popular things to do during the warmer months is go splash around in the Mississippi Sound, but due to the recent algal blooms affecting the Coast many beaches are closed. There are still many things you…

Arkansas students visit IMMS

Students from Arkansas were here on the Coast this week learning some very valuable lessons about the environment. They’ve traveled a long way to learn about the Gulf Coast: eight hours to be exact. These fifth grade students from Arkansas…

Making dreams come true at IMMS

Today, one little boy’s dream came true at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. Meet Antwone McNeil. He is an eight-year-old boy who loves Nike and aquariums. He also happens to have a seizure disorder and is developmentally delayed. Antwone’s…

Hands-on lesson at IMMS

Teachers at Christus Victor Preschool in Ocean Springs took their students beyond the four walls of the classroom so they can get a hands-on education. Preschoolers went to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport on a field trip…

Christmas for animals at IMMS

All around the Gulf Coast children were opening their presents with joy yesterday morning and the animals at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies were no different. News 25 visited IMMS to see how their Christmas festivities went for the…

IMMS sea turtle release in Pass Christian

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies released eight Kemp’s ridley sea turtles into the Mississippi Sound on Saturday. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are the most endangered, but they are the most frequently seen here on the Coast. The recovery rate…

Public sea turtle release in Pass Christian

Eight endangered juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtles will be released east of the Pass Christian Harbor and Yacht Club this Saturday, November 3, at 9:00 am. Mayor Chipper McDermott will be the special guest along with other local and state…

Second rare dolphin species rescued in Gulf

For the second time this month, the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport is rehabilitating a rare dolphin species to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Just last week, a rough-toothed dolphin was rescued in Biloxi and now a pantropical spotted…

Rough-toothed dolphin rescued

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies rescued a juvenile rough-toothed dolphin that was stranded in Biloxi. The dolphin is 6’10” long and 140 pounds. The IMMS tells News 25 the dolphin had hooks in its mouth when rescued. It is…