Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

About Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (“IMMS”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1984 for the purposes of public education, conservation, and research on marine mammals in the wild and under human care. Located in Gulfport, Mississippi, IMMS has been an active participant of the National Stranding Network since its inception. IMMS is the premier stranding organization in the Mississippi-Louisiana-Alabama region of the Gulf Coast with the capability and expertise to care for sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles. IMMS serves as an important educational outlet for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, incorporating programs for conservation, education and research of marine mammals & sea turtles and their environment.


parakeet attendant

May 2019 - August 2019 Gulfport, MS
“Learning all about the birds was incredible, there were 500 of them in the aviary and it was magical seeing them fly together. Taking care of that many birds was hard but it was so gratifying to see them thrive everyday and love life.”

Marine Educator

May 2018 - August 2018 Gulfport, MS
“I got to work with a variety of animals from snakes, alligators, stingrays and horseshoe crabs. ”
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