– Funds needed to repair Hurricane Matthew damage


Indian River Lagoon water surge from Hurricane Matthew at HSWRI lab, Melbourne Beach

It’s taken some time for our team to assess the extent of the damage done by #HurricaneMatthew to our Florida headquarters. The buildingsĀ  were battered by 105 mph winds and the storm surge from the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) caused further damage, including nearly a foot of standing water, mud, and debris in the building during the weekend after the hurricane.

Despite the destruction, our staff’s resolve to respond to dolphins and whales in distress never wavered. While assisting 24/7 at the site with assessment and clean-up, they’ve also responded to 10 strandings in the past three weeks – one of which occurred only two days after the hurricane.

Restoration work has begun, but our out-of-pocket costs will exceed $200,000: $85,000 is needed for immediate repairs. We need your help! Please consider a generous gift to help our marine mammal stranding team and faithful volunteers restore their lab on the IRL!


The water in the lab after the hurricane; drywall will have to be replaced in the entire first floor.


Portions of the roof were decimated by the hurricane’s winds and will have to be replaced.


DFO posted at 2016-11-10 Category: - Other News