Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories, Inc.

For a half century, this local treasure has been sourcing scientific discovery and educating students of all ages on the wonders of our Gulf Coast. Its unique brand of hands-on learning makes mystery tangible, and brings to life the importance of small things – tiny creatures of the sea that play a big role in the health of our planet.

Founders Jack and the late Anne Rudloe built the business with their bare hands. The activist pair has just won the prestigious 2014 National Wetlands Award, administered by the Environmental Law Institute. Their nonprofit educational center and aquarium now boasts 20,000 visitors annually. Internationally recognized for sustainable collection methods that support cancer research, the lab is the supplier of choice for universities across the country and around the world. Toadfish supplied by GSML have even been to space!

GSML’s state-of-the-art mobile unit, the SeaMobile, is the first of its kind in the area and has already reached more than 150,000 people in its travels to schools and festivals across North Florida and South Georgia. With touchable marine organisms, microscopes and 500 gallons of amazement, the SeaMobile
brings standards-based learning and conservation awareness to children that may never have seen the ocean.

Planned program developments include:
 Reaching classrooms throughout the U.S. with live aquarium feeds and interactive video lectures
 Tracking the movements of rehabbed sea turtles released back into the wild through advancements in Florida’s oldest licensed Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Program
 Pursuing exclusive projects that garner national attention, like the cutting edge Octopus Oracle that has already achieved multiple-outlet media exposure

For a half century, this local treasure has been sourcing scientific discovery and educating students of all ages on the wonders of our Gulf Coast. Its unique brand of hands-on learning makes mystery tangible, and brings to life the importance of small things – tiny creatures of the sea that play a big role in the health of our planet.

Founders Jack and the late Anne Rudloe built the business with their bare hands. The activist pair has just won the prestigious 2014 National Wetlands Award, administered by the Environmental Law Institute. Their nonprofit educational center and aquarium now boasts 20,000 visitors annually. Internationally recognized for sustainable collection methods that support cancer research, the lab is the supplier of choice for universities across the country and around the world. Toadfish supplied by GSML have even been to space!

GSML’s state-of-the-art mobile unit, the SeaMobile, is the first of its kind in the area and has already reached more than 150,000 people in its travels to schools and festivals across North Florida and South Georgia. With touchable marine organisms, microscopes and 500 gallons of amazement, the SeaMobile
brings standards-based learning and conservation awareness to children that may never have seen the ocean.

Planned program developments include:
 Reaching classrooms throughout the U.S. with live aquarium feeds and interactive video lectures
 Tracking the movements of rehabbed sea turtles released back into the wild through advancements in Florida’s oldest licensed Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Program
 Pursuing exclusive projects that garner national attention, like the cutting edge Octopus Oracle that has already achieved multiple-outlet media exposure

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