New Exhibits and Attractions
|New: Narrated Training Sessions with Sharks
Visitors have long watched in awe on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as we feed the fish that live in our Shark Habitat. Now, we offer the opportunity for you to learn even more about these cool animals during our new Narrated Training Sessions. Watch and listen as you learn how and why we train the sharks that live at Mote.
The Training Sessions take place at 11 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These sessions (which are free with admission) are designed to give our visitors more information about how we care for some of the ocean's top predators and the training methods we use to make sure our sharks are healthy.
In order to take care of our sharks, Mote aquarists actually train the sharks to eat near special targets. Each species of shark is trained to feed at a different type of target.
Today, Mote Aquarists train the sandbar, blacknose and nurse sharks to make sure that each animal gets the proper nutrition. This work also allows caregivers to lead individual sharks into a special area for medical checkups.
Now Mote Aquarium visitors can play marine paleontologist — and take home natural buried treasures of the sea. At our newest attraction, Fossil Creek, you can buy a bucket of sand and sift out hidden fossils using a sieve in a mini waterway. You might find shark's teeth and stingray tails smoothed with time, ancient gar scales or bony plates from pufferfish mouths. All fossils are real and are yours to keep, along with your sand bucket printed with pictures of different types of shark teeth. It's a bucketful of fun just in time for Father's Day. Fossil Creek is located in the Mote Aquarium courtyard behind the Ray Tray. Each bucket of sand is $5.99 plus tax, and contains a unique mix of hidden fossils. Dig in!
|Seahorse Conservation Laboratory
We've recently expanded our Seahorse Conservation Laboratory into a larger exhibit space that allows guests to learn even more about these unique fish and how Mote works to conserve them. (Free with admission.)
You can learn even more about the animals that live at Mote Aquarium by joining us on Morning Rounds. Up to three guests can spend about 90 minutes meeting several Mote aquarists as they care for our fish and invertebrates. On Morning Rounds, guests will get to help feed the fish, see how we maintain habitats and learn more about how we keep our animals healthy.
Morning Rounds are for guests ages 10 and older. Cost is $40 per person or $35 for Mote Members.
Reservations are required. Morning Rounds guests also receive special discounted admission to Mote Aquarium ($14 for adults and $12 for youths ages 10-12.)
For reservations, please contact the Group Sales Office at (941) 388-4441, ext. 348, or e-mail email@example.com.
|Sea Turtles: Ancient Survivors
Sea turtles outlived their contemporaries, the dinosaurs, but they need our help against modern threats. Our newest exhibit, Sea Turtles: Ancient Survivors, tells all about the traits that helped sea turtles triumph in the past. It also described the trials they face today, such as exploitation for food, loss of nesting beaches and run-ins with fishing gear.
Fittingly, our newest exhibit features Hang Tough, a blind green turtle. Hang Tough is:
In addition to providing a public Aquarium where people can learn more about sea life, Mote also rescues and rehabilitates stranded, injured and sick sea turtles. Mote also has a thriving Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program that has monitored sea turtle nesting since 1982. Our staff and volunteers monitor 35 miles of nesting beaches every day of nesting season between May 1 and October 31. Mote researchers also use satellites to track nesting sea turtles and even some sea turtles that have been rehabilitated at Mote's hospital. Through these tags, researchers have been able to follow turtles on their seafaring journeys.
|Breakfast at Mote
Ever wondered what happens at Mote Aquarium before the doors open in the morning? Have Breakfast at Mote and find out! Learn more.
|Birthday Parties at Mote
Thanks to popular demand, Mote Aquarium is now offering Birthday Parties at Mote. Perfect for the sea squirt in your life! Learn more.
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Check out www.mote.org/MoteTV for cool videos with Mote's animal care teams and scientists. Hear from Mote's founding director, Dr. Eugenie Clark, learn about Mote's Dolphin and Whale Hospital, see a unique squid specimen or find out how pollution can impact even the ocean's top predators online at MoteTV. New videos are posted regularly, so be sure to check out the latest videos today!
|Mote Joins SECORE
SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) is a non-profit initiative of public aquariums and coral scientists to create an international network of expertise in coral reef conservation.
By combining the knowledge of top aquarists and leading scientists, SECORE operates at the forefront of innovation in different fields such as coral breeding, sustainability, reef restoration, population genetics or cryopreservation.
This unique approach has led to significant success in the conservation of endangered coral species and paved the way to help preserving one of the earth's most diverse ecosystem — the coral reef.
SECORE is an active partner in public outreach and staff training through its workshop program, and is a competent advisor in all related fields of coral conservation.
Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.