Shamu has a number of options for a new home....

-Corpus Christi, Texas
-Norfolk, Virginia
-Savannah, Georgia
-Jacksonville, Florida

The one that suits Shamu the most would have to be Savannah, Georgia.

Savannah is located along the Atlantic coastal plain at 31° N latitude and 81° W Longitude. The city is surrounded by spectacular wetland marshes to the north and east and has wide sandy beaches on Tybee Island. Dozens of rivers and creeks crisscross Savannah's coast, offering spectacular vantagepoints from the water.

We chose Savannah because...

It has a high awareness of the marine environment.
It has a high commitment to the marine habitat.


Savannah has a National Marine Sanctuary. This sanctuary protects and conserves marine life in all forms. It is called Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Gray's Reef is one of the largest nearshore live-bottom reefs of the southeastern United States. The sanctuary is located 32 kilometers (17.5 nautical miles) off Sapelo Island, Georgia and encompasses 58 square kilometers (17 sq. nautical miles) of live-bottom habitat. Gray's Reef is one of the most popular recreational fishing and sport diving destinations along the Georgia coast. Sport fishing occurs year-round but at different levels of intensity. Commercial fishing is restricted, as are military, mineral extraction, and ocean dumping activities. Little commercial shipping occurs at Gray's Reef. While the site has supported a variety of studies it currently supports reef fish and invertebrate programs. A resource characterization is in progress. Gray’s Reef has been a Marine Sanctuary since January 1981.

They also do their best to keep the environment and water clean and unpolluted. Savannah has various non-profit organizations that are dedicated to caring for the environment and the water. One of these is Green Savannah; they have volunteers that spend time cleaning the shores and water of Savannah and encouraging others to do the same.


Savannah has a University devoted to marine science. The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) was established in 1967 as an independent research
unit of the University System of Georgia. It is located on Skidaway Island, 16 miles southeast of
downtown Savannah on 600 acres of land donated by the late Robert C. Roebling. The Institute's
location on one of Georgia's barrier islands allows easy access to the open waters of the continental
shelf as well as to coastal estuaries, marshes, and barrier islands. The construction, in 1970, of a
causeway over extensive salt marshes and a bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway connected
the Institute to the mainland. The University is committed to teaching their students about marine life. The main research direction of the Institute has been toward developing an understanding of processes
occurring in ocean margins (estuaries, continental shelves, and slopes), although research in other
regions of the marine environment are also carried out by Institute staff. Research includes studies of
geological, chemical, biological, and physical processes, but it is often multidiscipline in nature.



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