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Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory

The Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory (MMPL) is a field laboratory of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) located on the campus of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The MMPL is a dedicated member of the Manatee Salvage Program and responds to reports from the FWC Law Enforcement and the public concerning dead manatees in the waters of the northwestern sector of Florida.



Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory

An Introduction to the Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory

In this small space, FWC-FWRI biologists perform cutting-edge science that receives national and even international recognition.

Histology: Biology on a Microscopic Level

For a process known as histology, MMPL biologists collect numerous tissue samples during necropsies of fresh carcasses. Histology is a useful tool for identifying pathologies and diagnosing causes of death.



FWC Facts:
There are 10 to 100 times more animals in seagrass beds than in adjacent sandy areas.

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