2017 Holiday gift guide for ocean lovers

It’s the Mote wonderful time of the year! Brighten a loved one’s day with holiday gifts that support our oceans.

Gift membership: Starting at just $65, membership provides year-round admission to Mote Aquarium, exclusive event passes, reciprocal benefits at other educational attractions and more. Enjoy the warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting marine animal care, science and conservation at Mote. More

Stylish SEAsonal special: Now through Dec. 24: Zemil Jewelers at 1484 Main Street, Sarasota, will donate 10 percent proceeds from marine- and nautical-themed jewelry to Mote.

Reef plate: Help loved ones in Florida drive coral reef conservation by giving them the Protect Our Reefs specialty license plate. Each plate sale provides $25 for coral research, restoration and conservation by Mote and others. More

Adopt an animal: Share the love by adopting a shark, stingray, otter, sea turtle or another resident animal in Mote Aquarium. Starting at $30, adoptions benefit Mote’s resident animals and make great gifts. Recipients get an adoption certificate, letter from the animal’s caregiver and more. More

Personalized brick: Engrave your loved one’s name into a brick within Mote Aquarium, celebrating holidays past, present and future. More

Mote’s gift shop: From ocean-themed jewelry and Mote apparel to plush sea critters and marine-focused books, you’ll find something for each member of the family at Mote Aquarium’s gift shop on City Island, Sarasota. 

Amazon smile: Purchase your holiday gifts through AmazonSmile, and Amazon will donate a portion of every eligible purchase to Mote or your selected charity. Sign up. 

Don't forget to come meet Santa Jaws: Santa’s helper shark from noon-2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 25 and Dec. 16 in Mote Aquarium. Santa Jaws — Mote mascot Gilly the shark dressed for the holidays — can’t wait to greet you with best fishes for the holiday season! mote.org/visit