Podcast: You otter tune in…

Can you tell a river otter from a sea otter? Do you know if otters are related more closely to cats or dogs? Do you know what a watershed is, and why it matters to otters? If you answered no to any of these questions, or you simply want to learn more about otters in the wild and at Mote Aquarium, then join hosts Hayley and Joe as they interview Amanda Foltz, Senior Aquarium Biologist for otters at Mote. Mote Aquarium houses three orphaned otters in its exhibit "Otters & Their Waters" (www.mote.org/otters).

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Riverview High School – Mote Aquaculture Partnership Recognized by FDACS

Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently recognized the success of Riverview High School’s program Stars to Starfish, which features eco-friendly aquaculture (fish farming) technology made possible through a multi-year partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory scientists.

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Free Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum - October 12th

The Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum — a group for anglers, scientists and others seeking to proactively address fisheries management and science topics in the Sarasota Bay area — is gearing up for its October meeting.

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Mote Science Café: The Teeth Beneath

Please join us on October 12th at Libby's LBar for a conversation about "The Teeth Beneath!" Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Cafe and conversation will run from 6-7:30 p.m.

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Registration Now Open: Night of Fish, Fun & Fright

Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for a Night of Fish, Fun & Fright! Unearth shark teeth in “Coffin Creek," enjoy deep-sea delights in the “Diner of the Dead" and take part in Mad Science experiments and activities. Don’t miss our signature underwater pumpkin carving in our spooktacular shark habitats! Enjoy entertainment from students at EveryOneRocks and performances from Mad Science!

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Podcast: No brain? No spine? No problem for sea jellies!

Mote Aquarium’s “jelly dude” – Aquarium Biologist Andrew Angelo – describes which sea jellies (aka jellyfish) live around southwest Florida, and he tells Joe and Hayley what it’s like to raise and breed jellies for Mote’s educational exhibits. If you’ve ever been curious about what jellies eat, who can eat them, how their alien-looking anatomy works, and how they sting, then tune in for a fascinating interview and learn some cool facts from jelly science. Spoiler alert: Peeing on a jellyfish sting is not advised!

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Mote Asks Local Anglers to Help Gather Vital Snook Data

Snook are one of the most sought-after catches in Florida’s saltwater recreational fishing industry, which draws more than $6 billion to the economy annually. However, increased fishing pressure, habitat loss and natural challenges such as freezes and red tide have contributed to a decline in snook populations.

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