Podcast: Machines and mud

Tech-savvy listeners: Dr. Jordon Beckler is your guy. Jordon, manager of Mote’s Ocean Technology Research Program, tells Joe and Hayley about: autonomous underwater vehicles that monitor the ocean for harmful red tide algae; an Ocean Technology Club where young people program simple computers to be scientific sensors; seeking better ways to monitor the success of environmental restoration projects; and best of all… mud! Using ocean technology, Jordon studies the chemistry where undersea mud meets water — part of the carbon cycle that influences Earth’s climate.

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Divers Protect Over 1 Million Fish From Invasive Lionfish

Divers removed 1,079 invasive lionfish from the Gulf of Mexico, saving an estimated total of at least 1.6 million fish from the invasive predator during the fourth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, which concluded July 9 at Mote Marine Laboratory.

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Beach furniture affects nesting turtles in Southwest Florida

Mote Marine Laboratory found evidence that two nesting sea turtles dragged beach furniture caught on their upper shells during the past week on Longboat Key — a reminder that southwest Floridians should remove beach furniture at night to protect these threatened and endangered reptiles.

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Mote-rehabilitated dolphin has new baby in Sarasota Bay

“Ginger,” a Sarasota Bay resident bottlenose dolphin rehabilitated at Mote Marine Laboratory, was observed with a newborn calf on July 6 by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), a Chicago Zoological Society program in collaboration with Mote. SDRP has monitored Ginger since her birth in 2005 to a well-known resident Sarasota Bay dolphin. 

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Podcast: Who knows every fish in the Aquarium?

Matt Seguin, Curator of Husbandry & Records for Mote Aquarium, oversees the care and record-keeping efforts for a staggering number of animal species that Aquarium visitors view every day. Learn why his favorite fish have a special “job” in the Aquarium, how he finds the fun in animal parasite prevention, and how he teaches college courses — occasionally using Star Wars references to make science a little bit cooler. Hayley and Joe are impressed, indeed: When it comes to marine animal knowledge, Matt is a true Renaissance man!

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Coral restoration ongoing in Key West

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are working with volunteers to restore corals this month in waters of Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West, Florida. Pre-registration is required and details are below.

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Sea turtle Moby released

Mote Marine Laboratory released female loggerhead sea turtle “Moby” Wednesday, July 5, from Lido Beach in Sarasota, after 56 days of rehabilitative care.

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Sarasota lionfish derby & cooking competition - July 7-9th!

Join Mote Marine Laboratory for the fourth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, which invites scuba divers to compete for more than $3,500 in cash prizes by netting or spearing lionfish in an effort to control the spread of this invasive species.

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