Mote research highlights potential Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacts on exposed flounder

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists found that southern flounder exposed to oiled sediment for 30 days in the lab showed evidence of stress and DNA damage, one of the latest indicators of potential impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that continues to be studied today.  The flounder study — presented at the 2019 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference this month in New Orleans and in prep for submission to a peer-reviewed journal — is one of several oil-exposure studies in a series led by Mote senior scientists Dr. Dana Wetzel and Dr. Kevan Main. Wetzel, manager of Mote’s Environmental Laboratory for Forensics, is leading the toxicology task group within the C-IMAGE research consortium focused on the Deepwater Horizon impacts and based at University of South Florida.

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Podcast: From elephants to otters - veterinary stories

Veterinarian Dr. Whitney Greene has worked with “all creatures great and small” – more than 100 species ranging from tiny frogs to massive elephants. She joined Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in 2018 to apply her skills with marine veterinary medicine for the care of sea turtles, manatees, sharks and other species. Before working with Mote, she served as Staff Veterinarian at Buttonwood Park Zoo in Massachusetts. In this episode, she tells hosts Joe and Hayley about some of her most challenging and rewarding veterinary cases, and she shares how aquarium and zoo vets have to think outside the box to treat a diverse array of species. If you enjoy "Two Sea Fans," please rate and review the program in the iTunes store or Apple podcast app, and share your favorite episodes with friends. The sea fans thank you!

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Super Bowl LIII Prediction

Who will win Super Bowl LIII? Mote Aquarium resident manatees Hugh and Buffett have placed their bets!

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Mote secures formal, long-term plan for new Aquarium land

The Sarasota County Commission unanimously approved an agreement for Mote Marine Laboratory’s use of county-owned land in Nathan Benderson Park for the site of its planned new Science Education Aquarium during the county commission meeting today, Jan. 30.

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Mote exhibit ads earn national honors

Marketing efforts for two environmental education exhibits at Mote Aquarium won multiple HSMAI Adrian Awards, a top honor in the hospitality and tourism community, during a Jan. 22 ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis.

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So long, Salem: Mote returns bottlenose dolphin to the ocean

A bottlenose dolphin rehabilitated at Mote Marine Laboratory since Halloween 2018 was returned to the ocean on Jan. 28, nearly 2 miles off north Anna Maria Island, Florida, after Mote staff and volunteers dedicated more than 6,000 hours to her recovery.

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