Gulfport, MI (PRWEB) April 22, 2013
The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) would like to thank Animal Support for its support and sponsorship. The IMMS is a research and rescue facility in the Gulf Coast dedicated to providing aid of marine mammals.
“It can be very costly to rescue and rehabilitate a dolphin. The cost of completely rehabilitating a single dolphin can be anywhere from $50,000 - $100,000,” says Mrs. Samia Ahmad, an IMMS spokesperson. “We would like to thank Animal Support and its co-founders for their help, and we hope that their sponsorship will help us achieve our goals of preserving precious marine life and giving a sense of pride to Gulf Coast residents.”
The IMMS (http://www.imms.org) is a Gulf Coast marine sciences center that offers veterinary care for ill and injured marine mammals, as well as resources for the research of the natural habitats of marine life. The IMMS also hosts community outreach programs and beach cleanups around the Gulf Coast.
Recently, the IMMS has focused on the study of stranded dolphins and dolphin calves, the numbers of which have skyrocketed since the Gulf oil spill of 2010. As indicated in recent NOAA press releases, and scientific publications, it appears that the diminished food sources and influx of bacteria as a result of the oil spill seems to have weakened the dolphin population, and made it less resistant to weather fluctuations. The spill may have impacted the natural habitat of Gulf Coast marine life, and may continue to do so for years to come.
In addition to the rise in dolphin mortality since the oil spill, there have been disturbing examples of shootings and mutilated dolphins along the Gulf Coast, as well as dolphins that were possibly the victims of “thrill killing,” The identity of the perpetrators is not known, and NOAA is investigating the matter. The deliberate harming of dolphins or other marine mammals is a federal offense, punishable by fines of up to $100,000 and a year in prison.
Animal Support (http://www.animalsupport.org) is dedicated to addressing pet over-population and abuse by promoting charities working on behalf of animal well-being. The organization was founded by brothers Michael Omidi, M.D. and Julian Omidi along with long-time friend Maria Abaca to advocate for animal protection, rescue, adoption, and spay and neuter laws. Animal Support does not accept donations but encourages direct contributions of money and talents to the charities and organizations featured on our website. For more information about Animal Support, send a message using the website’s Contact Us function, check out Animal Support on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.