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In Florida, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute operates a marine mammal ecology and animal health lab in its Brevard County facility in Melbourne Beach, located directly on the Indian River Lagoon.
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) is a non-profit scientific research organization committed to conserving and renewing marine life to ensure a healthier planet. Our team of experts provides innovative and objective scientific solutions to challenges threatening ocean health and marine life in our rapidly changing world. The Institute was founded in 1963 to conduct research in the tradition of world-renowned scientists, Dr. Carl L. and Laura C. Hubbs. Since 1963 our charter has been, “To return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it.”
Our Marine Mammal Stranding Team provides 24/7 stranding response and coordination for whales and dolphins in distress. We are first responders for nearly 139 miles of Florida’s east coast and 1,800 km of estuarian waters, including the Indian River Lagoon.
This important research focuses on predicting and preventing impacts from human disturbance, habitat loss, pollution, and climate change. A healthy otter and dolphin population is a signal that the Indian River Lagoon is doing well and supporting animals that rely on healthy fish and invertebrate animals.
The Indian River Lagoon is one of the most diverse estuaries in North America, supporting hundreds of species of wildlife, including bottlenose dolphins and the North American River otter. Research efforts are critical to determine how the ecosystem functioned prior to human disturbance.
We are committed to creating future citizen advocates for ocean health and marine life by advancing public appreciation for scientific discovery. Arrange a tour for your office, students or community organization to gain a better understanding of the research and projects we work on here at HSWRI!