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Take a bite out of lionfish

SARASOTA, Fla --- Sunday, July 14 --- The Sarasota community gathered at Mote Marine Laboratory to “take a bite out of lionfish”, and it was no surprise that the event was sold out and welcomed over 150 guests! Organized by REEF, an international marine conservation organization, and Mote Marine...

Cownose ray pup born at Mote Aquarium

Mote Aquarium staff had an exciting surprise this morning — a new cownose ray pup! The pup was born in the Ray Tray touch pool, which includes cownose rays, an Atlantic stingray, and a yellow stingray. The ray pup will be moved to a behind-the-scenes area to be closely monitored by Aquarium staff...

November is Manatee Awareness Month!

By Miguel Montalvo -- November is Manatee Awareness Month! This has been a tough year for the Florida manatee. So far, 732 manatees have died, more than the 538 total in 2017. Part of the reason for this unusually high mortality rate is the current red tide bloom (which is known or suspected...

Satellite tagged sea turtle released from Lido Beach

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists tagged an adult male loggerhead sea turtle nicknamed “Intrepid” with a satellite transmitter and released him this morning, July 27 from Lido Beach, Sarasota County, as part of a conservation-focused research effort. The turtle was rescued June 7 when citizens...

New shark species named in honor of Mote founder

Story contributed by Florida Institute of Technology with additions from Mote Marine Laboratory Dr. Eugenie Clark was a pioneer in shark biology, known around the world for her illuminating research on shark behavior. She was also a pioneer in another critical way, as one of the first women of prominence...

Sea turtle nest damaged by suspected poachers on Nokomis Beach

By Miguel Montalvo A sea turtle nest was damaged July 5 on Nokomis Beach by suspected poachers; three individuals dug into a nest marked with stakes and left one broken egg on its surface. It is not clear whether they took any eggs. Two members of Mote Marine Laboratory’s nighttime sea turtle...