Shark Days at Mote 2019

Multiple Dates

Join Mote Marine Laboratory for the ever popular Shark Days at Mote: Real Sharks, Real Science. August 7-August 10, 2019. Mote will dive into the science behind these incredible animals full of events and activities. The celebration will include jaw-some fun for the whole family.

See below for the lineup of events!

Wednesday, August 7th: Science Cafe at Sage! (More details to come soon.)

Thursday, August 8th: Sharks and Crafts with Heidi Stavinga! This event is included with admission. Please see additional information below.

Friday, August 9th: Facebook live stream of shark feeding at Mote!

Saturday, August 10th: Yoga with the Sharks! This is a ticketed event which will take place before Aquarium opening hours. $10 members, $15 non-members. Registration is required! Please see additional information below.

Event Details: 

Sharks and Crafts with Heidi Stavinga:

Dive deep into the world of alcohol inks with local fine artist Heidi Stavinga! She will be hosting a series of demos in the aquarium courtyard for adults and guppies alike, and she will be working on some of her latest pieces in between. Take a quick peek or spend the afternoon observing her craft and asking Heidi questions about her techniques. There will also be a craft table set up for children to try their hand at making their own underwater inspired pieces.

Heidi will be in the courtyard next to the SharkTracker exhibit from 11am-12pm and 12pm-1pm. The children’s craft table will be set up from 10am-4:30pm.

Artist bio:

Every once in a while, someone comes along and breaks the mold! In the art scene, this can be revolutionary. Heidi Stavinga, an Alcohol Ink artist, living and working in Dunedin, has blown this newly popular medium out of the water. Such simple mediums as alcohol and ink become tools to create dynamic pieces that transform seemingly ordinary subjects into beautiful works of art.

Stavinga began experimenting with alcohol inks over 3 years ago and has already been added to many private collections around the world. The process of alcohol and ink allows for a very fluid form of expression; literally and figuratively. Normally used in mostly abstract styles of work, Stavinga has mastered a way of creating very representational works. Her subjects include wildlife, marine life, still life, florals and abstracts.

"I love the challenge of creating an image out of abstract. It feels like a dance of pulling the ink off and adding more ink to create lines and forms on the paper," Stavinga says.

Oftentimes, Stavinga will be creating a piece and a recognizable subject will appear by happenstance and she develops a theme from there.  Along with teaching alcohol inks at the Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC) she also teaches privately out of her home studio and hosts several workshops each year. Stavinga has shown in the Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, Dunedin Fine Art Center Art Harvest Festival, DFAC Glad Tidings Exhibition, DFAC Student, Member, Faculty Show and several Art Festivals in Florida.

Her work can be seen here.

Yoga with the Sharks:

“Chews” to spend your Saturday morning with the sharks at Mote! On Saturday, August 10th, join yoga instructor Rebekka Mars for a one-hour morning yoga flow as we om for the oceans. Yoga with the Sharks will be held in Mote's Aquarium Courtyard overlooking our SharkTracker exhibit from 8:30am to 9:30am. BYOM (bring your own mat!), towel, and water, and be prepared to sign a short waiver. All skill levels welcome. 

Please secure your spot by clicking the "Register" button on this page. Space is limited.


$10.00 per Member

$15.00 per Non-Member

*Please note: Aquarium exhibits are not open during this yoga event. Adult supervision is required for any and all children in attendance.


A lifelong practitioner, Rebekka Mars brings a contemporary twist to the ancient practice of Yoga. Her eclectic approach pulls from a dance of many styles of Yoga, ranging from fluid vinyasa to the more subtle currents of restorative. She's been teaching over 10 years and loves spreading the freedom, strength, movement, love, and self-exploration that Yoga can bring. Outdoors lover, music enthusiast, runner, and certified personal trainer, she understands the importance of mind and body wellness. Find out more about Rebekka at


Yoga with the Sharks is designed for all ages and only registered individuals can participate in the program. Meet at the main aquarium admissions entrance. A Mote staff member will greet you there. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time of your program. If you arrive late, the program will be in progress and you may join; however, segments you missed will not be made available to you. Reservations and advanced payment are required. Price does not include admission; non-members will be escorted out of the Aquarium after their program. There are no refunds for no-shows. Program occurs rain or shine.


Upcoming Dates

  • August 7, 2019
  • August 8, 2019
  • August 9, 2019
  • August 10, 2019

Contact Us for more information.

Shark Days at Mote 2019



Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236