Dauphin Island Sea Lab

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Date opened 1971
Location Dauphin Island, Alabama, USA
Coordinates 30°14′58″N 88°04′40″W / 30.2493549°N 88.0778032°W / 30.2493549; -88.0778032Coordinates: 30°14′58″N 88°04′40″W / 30.2493549°N 88.0778032°W / 30.2493549; -88.0778032
Website www.disl.org

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is Alabama's primary marine education and research center. DISL is the home site of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium and was founded by an act of the Alabama State Legislature in 1971. It also has a public aquarium specializing in estuarine organisms, the George F. Crozier Estuarium.

The facilities are located on the East end of Dauphin Island, and occupy grounds formerly owned by the US Air Force for the 693rd Radar Squadron.[1] It is located across the street from historic Fort Gaines.[2]

Estuarium[edit]

The George F. Crozier Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab

The George F. Crozier Estuarium is part of the Discovery Hall educational program at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. It includes a 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall and a Living Marsh Boardwalk.The Exhibit Hall features four exhibits highlighting aquatic life that could be found in the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico.[3]

  • The Barrier Islands exhibit features saltwater species commonly found on and around Alabama's barrier islands, including shrimp, blue crabs and hermit crabs.
  • Rays of the Bay is the latest exhibit added to the Estuarium. Opened in March 2013, the 6,400 US gallons (24,000 l) touch tank houses six sets of four species of rays and skates indigenous to the Northern Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay. The species include the Southern stingray, Cownose ray and Atlantic stingray.[4]

Research[edit]

It was announced in August 2014 that the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will open a new 2,300 square feet (210 m2) research facility in mid-2015 dedicated to studying dolphin, manatee and whale strandings on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (AMMSN) will take residence in the new facility.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Air Defense Radar Station - Dauphin Island AFS
  2. ^ Motyka, john (2007-03-23). "You Can Call It the Little Easy". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  3. ^ "Estuarium Exhibits". disl.org. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  4. ^ Raines, Ben. "Reach out and touch a stingray in the Estuarium's new Rays of the bay exhibit". Press Register. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  5. ^ Finch, Michael. "Dauphin Island Sea Lab to get new research center for study of marine strandings in the Gulf of Mexico". Press Register. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 

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