Dolphins are federally protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, yet are harmed by humans each year.
Charleston is home to 350 resident dolphins. ONLY 350. They are under threat of harassment, hand feeding, boat strikes, entanglements in fishing gear and marine debris, seismic testing, oil spills, habitat destruction, and water quality. Without observation, greater education about responsible viewing, and keeping their environment safe, clean and quiet they are at risk. WE ARE AT RISK of losing Charleston's iconic species. An animal that makes us cry and cheer, whose curiosity makes us wonder or just a highlight of any paddling trip.
It's easy to assume these animals are healthy as they frolic and play in the rivers but without monitoring and protections, we cannot assume anything. LMMN assists with the response of sick injured and entangled marine mammals so we can learn what is harming them so we can better protect them. Dolphins are the top of the food chain, meaning if they are lost, the ripple effect is crippling affecting, oysters, fish, birds, recreation and tourism.
LMMN's focus is to protect Charleston's local marine mammals through scientific research, raising awareness and educational outreach. LMMN provides education to beach vistors hoping to see strand feeding dolphins, engages local school children to become marine stewards in their backyards, and encourages local organizations and businesses to follow best viewing practices to reduce harassment of wild dolphins. With many years of experience working with the marine mammal community, LMMN aims to act as a bridge between the scientific and local communities.
We need your help. They need your help.
Protect Charleston's original "Locals".