Mote scientists tag two whale sharks off southwest Florida

Thanks to whale shark sightings reported by the public off the southwest Florida coast in early June, scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory located five of the polka-dotted, filter-feeding giants and tagged two of them with tracking devices on the afternoon of June 14.

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July 6-8: Hunt and taste invasive fish at Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Join Mote Marine Laboratory for the fifth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, an environmentally friendly event that invites scuba divers to harvest this invasive species, and allows the public to taste delicious lionfish dishes prepared by top local chefs. The derby will take place from July 6-8 based at Mote, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota.

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July 25-28: Shark Days at Mote

Sharks are awesome — and so is the science that helps us understand them! Join us for the fourth annual Shark Days at Mote: Real Sharks, Real Science. From July 25-28, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium will feature an array of family events and activities centered around these amazing animals.

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Shop & Support event at vineyard vines to benefit Mote during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week

vineyard vines and Mote Marine Laboratory invite you to save the ocean in style with a Shop and Support event from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 25. More than 21 store locations across the Florida and South Atlantic region will be donating 20 percent of their in-store proceeds on July 25 to Mote to support its mission to conduct today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans.

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Summer gets clammy: Shellfish restoration study under way

Conservationists are ramping up clam-restoration efforts now in Sarasota Bay, Florida — locally the first of their kind — in partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory scientists who study how to fine-tune shellfish restoration methods to benefit the Bay.

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June 23: Learn to monitor for coral bleaching during Mote’s training at Marathon Library

Learn to monitor for coral bleaching — a significant challenge for Florida Keys reefs — during the next talk in Mote Marine Laboratory’s  monthly lecture series from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Marathon Branch Library. These monthly events are free to the public and will feature a presentation from a marine scientist followed by a question and answer sessio

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Podcast: ‘Croc School’ graduate

From crocodilians to cuttlefish, Brian Siegel takes care of several species that capture our imaginations. Hosts Joe and Hayley especially wanted to hear about Brian's work with crocodilians - a group including alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials. Did you know that there are only two alligator species? Do you know how gators replace their teeth? Are you curious why Brian attended "Croc School"? That's the nickname for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums' program officially called Crocodilian Biology and Captive Management. Brian, a Senior Aquarium Biologist at Mote, is learning new reptile facts all the time and loves engaging in croc talk.

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