See a whale shark in the Gulf? Call Mote immediately!

Mote Marine Laboratory received a report of five whale sharks — Earth’s largest fish species — about 40 miles off Anna Maria Island last weekend, and Mote scientists are asking members of the public to report new sightings off Florida’s Gulf Coast immediately.

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Mote’s World Oceans Day brings good, clean fun to the Suncoast

Hundreds celebrated World Oceans Day on June 2 at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, where ocean conservationists shared their knowledge through fun activities and guests explored the special exhibit “Sea Debris: Awareness through Art” before it concludes on June 15.

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New Study shows local environmental stressors reduce resiliency of Red Sea corals to global change

Ocean acidification (OA) is hard to describe. Many do not realize it's even there, but why would they? It doesn’t have a taste or smell. Despite its mysterious nature, OA is impacting the ocean at an exponential rate. Scientists around the world are studying its effects, but Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and their collaborators are asking an even bigger question - what happens to coral reefs when OA is combined with other stressors?

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Learn about sea turtles during free Turtle Walks on Longboat Key

Join Mote Marine Laboratory’s monitoring collaborator, Longboat Key Turtle Watch (LBKTW), on their free Turtle Walks every Saturday morning in June and July. The walks will begin at 6:45 a.m. at the public beach access entrance on 4795 Gulf of Mexico Dr. on Longboat Key. Participants of all ages are welcome to attend these walks, and no reservation is needed.

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