The best way to conserve natural systems is to understand them and the human interactions that affect them. Since 1963, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) has pioneered scientific discoveries about oceanic animals and their ecosystems. These discoveries help identify solutions to the challenges of both conservation and sustainable human development, which is HSWRI’s mission: To return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it. HSWRI conducts a wide range of research projects in Florida. Active projects include responding to injured whales and dolphins that get stranded on the beaches of east-central Florida, evaluating the ecology of dolphins as a top-level predator in the Indian River Lagoon, and providing education program development to promote scientific literacy.
Marine Mammal Response & Ecology
Hubbs is the federally authorized first responder for providing leadership and assistance to live and dead dolphin and whale strandings in Florida’s Brevard and Volusia Counties, a “hotspot” region for dolphin and whale strandings in the southeastern U.S.
Hubbs research staff conduct long term studies in-house on samples and tissues taken from animals and perform scientific research, conservation and education on lands donated to the Institute by the Richard King Mellon Foundation in Melbourne Beach.
We share our discoveries with teachers, students and our community to promote scientific literacy and conservation through innovative programs.
Since April, we completed more than 100 surveys of Indian River Lagoon dolphins with the help of our..
Thank you Brevard County Barrier Island Center Creature Fest for having us today!..
The “Driving Florida’s Image” exhibit opening at the Florida Historic Capitol Muse..
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In the past few weeks, three well-known dolphins in our study area have given birth! The...
In October 2016, HSWRI’s Coconut Point lab in Melbourne Beach was heavily damaged by Hur...
Good news! During one of our routine photo-ID surveys in Mosquito Lagoon on the east coast...
We would like to thank Community Foundation for Brevard for touring our lab and bringing...
This week, while conducting a dolphin survey in the Mosquito Lagoon, our biologists spotte...
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