Mote Welcomes New Member to Keys Advisory Council

Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to welcome Michael Puto to its Florida Keys Advisory Council supporting Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3) on Summerland Key and the growing number of Mote programs throughout Monroe County.

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Whale shark update: transmitter reveals Minnie’s location

A few weeks ago, Mote scientists placed tracking devices on two whale sharks nicknamed “Minnie” and “Colt” offshore of Longboat Key and New Pass in Sarasota. On Saturday, June 30, Minnie’s tag “pinged” and revealed her location about 50 miles north of the Florida Keys, a movement of about 150 miles over three weeks.

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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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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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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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