Jan. 25: Youth Making Ripples Marine Science Film Festival

Join Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium for a mini film screening from the "Youth Making Ripples" Film Competition at 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Thursday, Jan. 25 in Mote's WAVE Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. A portion of this year’s FREE screening will focus specifically on plastic pollution and feature Mote’s new exhibit, "Sea Debris: Awareness through Art."

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Mote to host 5th anniversary open house in Boca Grande

Mote invites the Boca Grande community to an open house to celebrate five years of marine science outreach and education in the region. The event will be held on Jan. 9 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Mote’s outreach office (480 East Railroad Ave., Boca Grande, FL 33921). This family-friendly celebration will include interactive science and education booths for kids as well as hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for adults.

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Podcast: A year’s worth of updates on science, education

We ring in 2018 by sharing the latest updates on many Mote projects from 2017. Listeners will learn: how far our tagged sea turtles and sharks traveled in the wild; how we improved systems to detect red tide; why our scientists patented new technology to distinguish male from female fish; how Mote's Florida Keys facility and coral restoration sites fared during Hurricane Irma; how our cold-stunned sea turtle patients are doing after their trip from the New England Aquarium to Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital; and much more. Hayley shares the updates while Joe is away. Come back, Joe! We miss you!

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Podcast: Seahorse tales

Wild horses couldn't drag us away from this awesome interview! Aquarium Biologist Amanda Hodo shares what it's like to raise and breed seahorses, based on her experience supervising the Seahorse Conservation Lab in Mote Aquarium. Hosts Joe and Hayley love learning how seahorses change color, grab things (and each other) with their prehensile tails, and make babies in a very unusual way. Tune in for serious seahorse smarts... and a bit of horsing around!

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Stormwater system can support snook, bass and more, says Sarasota study

Dozens of fish species — including common snook and largemouth bass — use certain parts of the upper Phillippi Creek system, according to the first fish survey of this urbanized network of canals, retention ponds and wetlands in Sarasota County, Florida. The survey — led by Mote Marine Laboratory and funded by Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) — found the highest numbers and diversity of fishes around upper creek areas mimicking natural habitat: curving canals or ponds with wetland vegetation and sections of slower-moving water. Less naturalistic canals, with shorelines straightened for optimum drainage, generally hosted fewer fish of fewer species.

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Longboat Key Turtle Watch donates nearly $10,000 to Mote’s Sea Turtle & Education Programs

On Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, members of the Longboat Key Turtle Watch (LBKTW) donated more than $9,770 to help advance Mote Marine Laboratory’s education and sea turtle programs.  This year the funds for Mote will be distributed among the Lab’s Hatchling Hospital, Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital, Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program and Education Department. This is the eighth year that LBKTW has donated to Mote and largest sum of annual donations that LBKTW has donated to Mote programs.

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