Mote Sea Monsters Exhibit to Spend Summer at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Venom, ultra vision, jaws, bioluminescence and other “monster” traits of certain sea creatures will be featured in Mote Marine Laboratory's traveling exhibit Sea Monsters this summer at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.

Open June 1 through Aug. 18, 2014, the free exhibit will explain how these unusual animal characteristics are adaptations to extreme underwater environments. Visitors can interact with the exhibit from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily in the free “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center.

The 12-foot exhibit includes a Monster Makeover panel where visitors can see themselves with different monster attributes, Fold-down Sea Puzzle, mako shark jaws, a tooth-to-diet matching activity, touchable shark skin, inflated giant squid and other interactive elements. The refuge will also schedule special interactive programs where participants can learn about marine animals through a live videoconference with Mote’s science educators, who will speak to guests through a TV screen in the exhibit.

Learn more from the full press release on the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge web site:

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  • Media Contact for J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge: Chelle Koster Walton 239-699-4754