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If you see a stranded or deceased dolphin or sea turtle, please immediately report to

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission:


You will be speaking with a dispatch operator. Please have a description of the animal’s size, condition, location, and other important information ready.

Please also report if you see a dolphin or sea turtle acting suspiciously, beaching themselves, or a sea turtle with fishing wire entanglements.  We very much appreciate your assistance to keep our animals safe!


It is the mission of Gulf World Marine Institute Inc. (GWMI) to provide funding and operational assistance and services related to the rescue, rehabilitation and release back into their natural habitat of stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, as well as to facilitate scientific research and provide educational opportunities related to such work. GWMI is proud to be a part of the Southeast Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network. Working under permits from National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, GWMI plays an important role in rescuing and rehabilitating injured marine mammals and sea turtles throughout the Florida Panhandle.

——Gulf World Marine Institute serves as the only long-term marine mammal rehabilitation facility in Northern Florida, which administers short and long term rehabilitative care to animals as part of its collaborative relationship with partner institutions. Over the years, our stranding team has come to the aid of thousands of sick or debilitated stranded marine animals. Gulf World Marine Park, Inc. (GWMP), the corporate partner of GWMI, has participated in stranding work since 1970 and is considered one of the leading rehabilitation facilities in the National Marine Fisheries Service stranding network.