Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas

While at Port Aransas, we visited the Marine Science Institute on the northeast end of Mustand Island. The institute is operated by the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. According to the literature, the institute is "the oldest and most significant marine research facility on the Texas coast and is home to cutting-edge scientists, graduate students and educators. The institute helps create more productive fisheries, educates our next generation of scientific leaders, and works to understand how our oceans and coasts are changing through time."

For the visitor, there are educational movies and a few small displays available. It did not take us long to work our way through all the displays, and since we visited early in the morning, the movies were not available. As we were leaving, we were told by an employee that some money had recently become available so there was some expansion planned for the facilities. But this is an educational facility, so research and training comes first.

Below are a few pictures from our visit.

The visitor center of the Marine Science Institute.

This is the lower-right jaw bone of a Fin Whale, the second largest of all whales. The bone was brought up in a shrimp trawl net about 80 miles southeast of Galveston. The bone is 14 feet long and weighs 240 pounds.
Dolphin skeleton
Donna viewing one of the salt-water fish tanks.
Skull of a Sei whale

As is, it doesn't take very long at all to view the few exhibits at the Marine Institute, but it is worth the time to include it as a stop.

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