Benefiting Florida’s Oceans:

What We Do:

Marine Mammal Stranding Response

Dolphin Photo Identification

Otter Spotter, Citizen Science Project


How We Do It:

Thriving Marine Life: Preventing Disease and Transmission. We investigate why strandings occur and monitor behavior/success of rehabilitated animals returned to sea. We also work with coastal communities to prevent injuries to free-ranging marine mammals and work diligently to understand the abundance and distribution of estuarine dolphins

Ocean health: Preserving Habitats and Ecosystems. In our rapidly changing world, interactions between humans and marine life are increasing. We swim in the same waters and share a dependence on the ocean’s resources.

Indian River Lagoon Solutions: Understanding and preventing diminished marine animal health and widespread mortality events among marine mammals, seabirds, fish and sharks are some of our top priorities. With your help, we can help preserve and renew marine life to ensure a healthier lagoon and planet.

Our organization is an independent, not-for-profit public charity with programs in scientific research, conservation and education. It is not an advocacy organization.







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.



Go to Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute website.