Gulf World Marine Institute

What To Do in Case of Stranded or Distressed Sea Turtle or Marine Mammal

If you see a stranded or deceased dolphin or sea turtle, please immediately report to Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission: 


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!


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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 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 part of the Southeast Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network. We work under a permit from National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission. Within these stranding networks, Gulf World plays an important role in rescuing and rehabilitating injured marine mammals and sea turtles throughout the Florida Panhandle.  

GWMI 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 such as the National Marine Fisheries. Over the years, our stranding team has come to the aid of thousands of sick or debilitated stranded marine animals. 

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Turtles at Troy Deal on Cape San Blas, Florida.

1800 Turtles were taken to GWMI from St. Joseph Bay.

Over 1400 were rehabilitated and released to their natural environment.


Cold Stun St. Joseph Bay, Cape San Blas, 2014.

Kayakers patrolled the bay and brought in many Ridley's, which are critically endangered.


January 2014, Cape San Blas, Florida.

Gulf of Mexico, rare beaked whale stranding.


Successful release of rehabiliated green, loggerhead and Kemps back to their natural envirornment in the Gulf of Mexico.

GWMI has been receiving much press coverage for all of their efforts.


Meet Doris. Doris beached herself during Hurricane Ivan in 2000.

The NMFS deemed her, and two others, unreleasable.

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