Dolphins ready to entertain crowds in Gulfport

Published 2:31 pm Thursday, May 12, 2011

Two new bottlenose dolphins are making their home in Gulfport at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies.

The dolphins, Bo and Buster, are the first to make their home on the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

The dolphins are on loan from the U.S. Navy. They were moved to IMMS at the end of January, and now, they’re ready to entertain crowds along the Coast. Officials say they will perform and participate in an educational display that can be seen during tours of the facility.

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Starting Memorial Day weekend, guests also will be able to feed and touch the mammals.

Bo and Buster were not part of the group of dolphins left homeless by Katrina. Those 16 dolphins are living in Atlantis, a resort in the Bahamas