Mote to launch new presentation series at Divers Direct

Mote Marine Laboratory will launch a new presentation series with its first talk from 5-6 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Divers Direct in Key West. These monthly events are free to the public and will feature a presentation from a marine scientist followed by a question and answer session. 

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Intense red tide can threaten stone crabs, and more research is needed

Florida red tide algae toxins can stress and even kill sublegal stone crabs — young adults whose claws are growing toward legal harvest size — according to preliminary research results published recently in the scientific journal Marine Environmental Research, indicating a strong need for continued studies.

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Podcast: Taking a manatee’s temperature: Trickier than it sounds!

Manatees can sicken or even die from cold-stress syndrome when winter temperatures plummet in Florida. Why are these big mammals so cold-sensitive, and how can we take their temperatures? On this episode, Dr. Nicola Erdsack shares some emerging answers; she and her colleagues are investigating new methods to detect temperature change in manatees, and those methods have the potential to benefit manatee rehabilitation and even research in the wild. Erdsack is an international Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Mote whose work is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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May 1-2: Support Mote during the 2018 Giving Challenge

You can be the one to create a better environment for each other, our children and the ocean life that supports our health and happiness: Donate to Mote Marine Laboratory during the 2018 Giving Challenge on May 1 and 2 in southwest Florida.

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Mote’s manatees burn a few calories for conservation science

The resident manatees at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium have been swimming against a current in an Endless Pool water flume  — the same kind of swimmer’s “treadmill” used by human athletes — for the first study of energetic costs in continuously swimming manatees.

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BleachWatch program seeks volunteers to monitor corals in Florida Keys

Mote scientists will host a training session at 6 p.m. April 18 on Summerland Key for divers and snorkelers interested in volunteering for the Florida Keys BleachWatch program. This program provides early warnings of potential coral bleaching events in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary during the warm summer months.

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