Mote hospital admits 10 rescued sea turtles from New England

Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital admitted nine endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles and one threatened green sea turtle Friday — helping with a team effort to rehabilitate 46 cold-stunned turtles initially brought to the New England Aquarium (NEAQ) in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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Podcast: Trash talk

We’ve all heard about trash in the oceans, but how bad is it? Senior Biologist Kim Bassos-Hull shares why marine debris — even tiny bits of plastic — can threaten marine animals and ecosystems, and she offers simple ideas for reducing marine debris in our daily lives. Through years of marine research and youth education programs, Bassos-Hull has a wealth of experience and stories, from untangling and measuring clumps of fishing line found at bridges and piers to encountering the strange case of a dolphin entangled in a bathing suit. Explore marine debris issues further with Mote's exhibit opening Dec. 9, "Sea Debris: Awareness Through Art" featuring the marine trash sculptures of "Washed Ashore": www.mote.org/seadebris. Bassos Hull carries out her work through Mote Marine Laboratory and the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, a Chicago Zoological Society Program in collaboration with Mote.

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Fisheries Forum to discuss fish communities and habitat in upper Phillippi Creek

The Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum — a group for anglers, scientists and others seeking to proactively address fisheries management and science topics in the Sarasota Bay area — is gearing up for its December meeting. Attendees will learn about "Fish Communities and Habitat of Upper Phillippi Creek and Associated Storm Water Canals of Sarasota, Florida," from guest speaker Dr. Jim Locascio, Manager of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Fisheries Habitat Ecology and Acoustics Research Program.

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Whale shark hotspots described with help from citizen scientists

Vital scientific information about whale shark behavior, biology and ecology were released Nov. 29 in the scientific journal BioScience, thanks to a 22-year citizen-science program enabling ecotourists and others around the world to photograph whale sharks for research, and ultimately, conservation.

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Scientists monitor red tide increase off southwest Florida

Researchers are monitoring elevated levels of the naturally occurring Florida red tide algae, Karenia brevis, along southwest Florida. The public can follow online updates from multiple monitoring partners and even report coastal conditions using Mote Marine Laboratory’s new smartphone app.

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