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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

The majority of recovered manatee carcasses are transported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC), Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory (MMPL) for necropsy.

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.

Cetacean Stranding Workshops

Learn more about the stranding workshops hosted by the Marine Mammal Research Program.


FWC Facts:
The star coral may live for several centuries and grow to the size of an automobile. Its growth rate ranges from about 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch of yearly outward expansion.

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