sea lab

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is Alabama's primary marine education and research center. Located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, the DISL is the home site of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium and founded by an act of the Alabama State Legislature in 1971. It is located across the street from historic Fort Gaines.

Inside, tanks illustrate the four habitats of the Mobile Bay ecosystem: river delta, bay, barrier islands and gulf. The area drained by the watershed makes the bay the fourth largest estuary system in the United States, according to the estuarium.

The local sea life is diverse: there are submerged grass beds in the delta, 15 species of shrimp, dozens of species of crabs in the bay, and oysters that release 70 million to 170 million eggs at once and filter five gallons of water an hour through their gills.


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