The episode “Florida’s Blue Holes: Oases in the Sea” follows a team of exploration scientists and divers who set out to uncover the mysteries of the submerged holes. Mote scientists Dr. Emily Hall and Jim Culter, two of the researchers leading the exploration and research, will also participate in an interactive virtual screening and Q&A on July 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Blue holes, or underwater sinkholes are karst (calcium carbonate rock) features that are scattered across Florida’s shelf floor. They vary in size, shape and depth, but most are “ecological hot spots” because they are extremely biologically diverse compared to the waters around them. Read more about Mote’s blue hole research in Mote Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue here.
Learn more about the series and the upcoming virtual Q&A by visiting changingseas.tv/events.
About Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, based in Sarasota, Florida, has conducted marine research since its founding as a small, one-room laboratory in 1955. Since then, Mote has grown to encompass more than 20 research and conservation programs that span the spectrum of marine science: sustainable aquaculture systems designed to alleviate growing pressures on wild fish populations; red tide research that works to inform the public and mitigate the adverse effects of red tide with innovative technologies; marine animal science, conservation and rehabilitation programs dedicated to the protection of animals such as sea turtles, manatees and dolphins; and much more. Mote Aquarium, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is open 365 days per year. Learn more at mote.org or connect with @motemarinelab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About South Florida PBS
South Florida PBS is Florida’s largest public media company, including Public Broadcasting stations WXEL-TV, serving the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast and WPBT2, serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and the Health Channel, a 24/7 television and multi-platform health and wellness service. South Florida PBS connects organizations and institutions across our region and preserves South Florida's history. Leading the way in this global society, South Florida PBS serves diverse communities from Key West to the Sebastian Inlet and from the Atlantic Ocean west to Lake Okeechobee. South Florida PBS is committed to creating and presenting unique arts, education and cultural heritage programming, and tells different local stories across a variety of digital media platforms. Some of our award-winning productions include James Patterson’s Kid Stew, Changing Seas, Art Loft and Your South Florida. For more information, visit www.southfloridapbs.org.