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We believe change will come with awareness. LMMN sets up educational booths at approximately 35 events around Charleston such as SEWE, STEM, Kids Fair, career days and farmer's markets to help raise awareness about South Carolina marine mammals. These are great opportunities to engage the community, answer questions and share stories.

Dolphin Count

Dolphin Count brings together marine mammal experts, enthusiastic volunteers & interested community members to:

  • LEARN more about Charleston’s true “locals”, their behaviors, and home ranges.

  • RAISE awareness about ways our community can view dolphins responsibly.

  • ENGAGE the community on the threats these animals face and ways each of us can help.

  • COLLECT valuable data using citizen scientists.

  • ANSWER questions and teach the next generation of marine stewards.

  • ENCOURAGE each participant to take action for more local protections such as plastic bans, protecting Capt Sams Inlet and fighting seismic drilling.

Why is Dolphin Count important? 

  1. Each year dolphins face threats in Charleston’s waters such as crab pot entanglements, harassment, entanglement and ingestion of marine debris, seismic drilling, and habitat destruction. 

  2. Citizen scientists can help us collect valuable data needed to help monitor this population. 

  3. Dolphins are federally protected, yet, each year dolphins are harmed by humans. 

  4. Dolphin Count is the only marine mammal community event!

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