500 Corals in a Day: Heroes Help Rebuild a Florida Keys Reef

Stellar scientists, hero veterans and future leaders planted 500 corals near Looe Key this week, marking the sixth year of a unique partnership involving science, conservation and restoration.   Some 36 members of the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge (CWVC) and SCUBAnauts International joined forces with half-a-dozen scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory for the one-day record-breaking mission on the reef. The number of corals planted marked the most-ever the groups have planted in a single day since they began working together in 2012. All told, the groups have planted more than 1,600 corals in an area unofficially named “Hero’s Reef” in honor of all current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Mote welcomes new PR Manager

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is pleased to welcome Shelby Isaacson as its new Public Relations Manager. Isaacson will serve as the primary contact for incoming local to national media requests and serve as a vital representative for Mote in the community. With a background in marketing, communications, public relations and a deep understand of brand strategy, Isaacson brings a wealth of experience to the position.

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Shark Days have arrived at Mote

This week marks Mote Marine Laboratory’s third annual Sharks Days at Mote: Real Sharks, Real Science. Join Mote scientists and staff as we dive into a week full of jaw-some activities for the whole family. Tonight at 6 p.m., Mote is offering a screening of "Tiburones: The Sharks of Cuba" followed by a Q&A with Dr. Robert Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote.  Hueter will be Skyping in from his current white shark expedition in the mid Atlantic with OCEARCH.

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Be kind to marine life during July festivities and year ‘round

As you enjoy southwest Florida's coastal waters this summer boating season, Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit research and education institution, recommends that boaters follow state boating regulations and use caution to avoid striking sea turtles, manatees and dolphins.

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Mote responds to first sea turtle hatchlings of 2017

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Mote Marine Laboratory's sea turtle hatchling hospital was notified that a loggerhead turtle nest had been disturbed by wildlife on Manasota beach.  On the beach, permitted volunteers with Coastal Wildlife Club gathered the recently disturbed turtles and transported them to Mote’s hatchling hospital for care and observation.  Within 24 hours, all 51 hatchlings were deemed healthy and could be returned to the beach in the evening and made their way into the surf.

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