Our seawater system is the “lifeblood” of this marine science campus. It supplies natural, high-quality seawater that supports living marine plants and animals ranging from tiny phytoplankton to large seals and dolphins. Our ability to pump fresh, cold, oxygenated seawater 24 hours a day, every day of the year, is critical to the operation of the marine lab and its living creatures.
The system produces about 1 million gallons per day of seawater. When the pumps are running, we can pump 700-1,000 gallons per minute out of the ocean.
Marine Mammal Research Areas
Part of the visitor experience can include a behind-the-scenes view of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, the university marine research facility associated with the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Skillful docents lead visitors near research and staging areas. A highlight includes views of the marine mammal pools where researchers work closely with dolphins, seals, sea lions, and otters. Our tours enable you to learn more about the exciting discoveries and the fascinating animals and people who partner together to help us understand and protect our ocean.