New protection for Cuba’s sharks

Sharks gained new protection in Cuban waters on Oct. 21, when the Cuban government released its National Plan of Action for Sharks with the goals of conservation and sustainable management of these ecologically and economically important fishes.

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Red tide monitoring updates from Mote in southwest Florida

Mote Marine Lab scientists continue studying and monitoring the Florida red tide algae, Karenia brevis, along southwest Florida and are encouraging coastal communities to follow online updates. Elevated counts of the algae cells have recently persisted or increased in some Mote-monitored areas.  

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Second-oldest male dolphin in Sarasota Bay dies

Photo: FB28 in 1976. Photo by Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, taken under National Marine Fisheries Service Scientific Research Permit No. 15543. The second-oldest male resident dolphin of Sarasota Bay was recovered dead by Mote Marine Laboratory’s Stranding Investigations Program on the evening of Oct. 17 near the southern end of Longboat Key. The dolphin’s carcass, decomposed and scavenged by sharks, was identified as FB28 — an individual known to the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP) for more than four decades.

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Well-known dolphin “Riptorn” dies in Sarasota

Photo: Riptorn with fish hook caught in dorsal fin, with training fishing line, August 2015. Photo by Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, taken under National Marine Fisheries Service Scientific Research Permit No. 15543. The most-recognizable dolphin in Sarasota Bay, Fla., died at age 43 and was recovered on Friday, Oct. 16, after living for decades with scoliosis and a dorsal fin  sliced and bent by a boat propeller.

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Entangled dolphin calf rescued near Clearwater

Photo: A dolphin calf entangled in fishing line and plastic debris was rescued on Oct. 15. Credit: National Marine Fisheries Service. Photo taken under NOAA Permit #18786. A bottlenose dolphin calf estimated to be about 6-months-old is now safely swimming with her mom after rescuers freed her from life-threatening plastic debris and fishing lines caught around her body. The rescue took place Thursday morning, Oct. 15, off the west coast of Florida, near Clearwater.

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Mote President and CEO becomes SCUBAnauts International Board member

Dr. Michael P. Crosby, Ph.D., President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory, has joined the Board of Directors of SCUBAnauts International, which was founded by Capt. David Olson (USN, Ret) in Palm Harbor, Fla. in May of 2001 in an effort to introduce young men and women to informal science education through underwater exploration.

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Red tide monitoring updates from Mote in southwest Florida

Mote Marine Lab scientists are currently studying and monitoring the Florida red tide algae, Karenia brevis, off southwest Florida’s coast, while encouraging coastal communities to follow online updates, after noting increased signs of the harmful algae this week along southwest Florida.

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