Manatee misconceptions to make you laugh and think

In honor of Manatee Awarenss Month, November, here are some of the funniest questions and misconceptions that Mote's Manatee Research Program staff has heard, with answers that we hope will help everyone learn some new facts about these iconic marine mammals.

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Podcast: Discoveries from 350 feet deep

In May and September 2019, Mote scientists and partners undertook their deepest explorations to-date into the Gulf of Mexico's blue holes, underwater caves, springs and sinkholes that attract diverse marine life. The team deployed a “benthic lander”—a framework holding multiple scientific instruments collectively weighing more than 600 pounds—into the offshore Amberjack Hole, whose bottom extends deeper than 350 feet. In this episode of Two Sea Fans, Mote scientists Dr. Emily Hall and Jim Culter share what the team discovered inside this deep, dark and fascinating blue hole. Tune in to hear what they learned!


Coral ‘matchmaker’ breeds threatened species

Florida's coral reefs are struggling to reproduce sexually, which is a necessary step to create genetically diverse coral "babies." Visiting Research Scientist Dr. Hanna R. Koch and colleagues at Mote Marine Laboratory are exploring novel ways to help corals reproduce sexaully as part of a uniquely comprehensive strategy for science-based coral restoration.

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Local company teams up with Mote to support coral restoration

Recognizing the critical need for healthy oceans, Enzymedica, a Venice-based company, is devoting a portion of the sales of its new Aqua Biome fish oil supplements to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s vital coral reef restoration project in the Florida Keys. Enzymedica’s donations have already surpassed $65,000 this year.

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New red tide study: Why do blooms vary and ultimately end?

Mote Marine Laboratory and partners are redoubling their efforts to understand how environmental variables influence Florida red tides—a higher-than-normal concentrations of Karenia brevis algae—and how these harmful algal blooms ultimately come to an end.

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