The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported last week that a bloom of Florida red tide was confirmed in water samples collected offshore of Hernando County, in the area of a large fish kill. Satellite images suggested the bloom was 80 miles long and 50 miles wide and was 40- 90 miles offshore between Dixie and Pasco counties.
Student Kimberly Fitzpatrick was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Women Divers Hall of Fame by one of the organization’s most famous members: “Shark Lady” Dr. Eugenie Clark of Mote Marine Laboratory.
Publix Super Markets Charities presented a $12,500 grant to Mote Marine Laboratory Monday, July 28, for scholarships to help under-served students in the Sarasota area participate in Mote’s informal science education programs.
The animal rescue and recovery team at Mote Marine Laboratory recently received $12,104 from the Sea Turtle Grants Program to purchase a new boat that will enhance Mote’s response to distressed sea turtles, dolphins and whales and enable new research about the threats they face.
Visitors online and in person now have new ways to connect with Mote, thanks to a redesigned website that offers online ticketing and easier access to information about the organization’s many research programs, initiatives and the hands-on experiences.
One of the oldest dolphins in Sarasota Bay died on June 7 after ingesting fishing gear. This loss serves as a reminder to protect marine life while enjoying our coastal waters and beaches on July 4 and year ‘round.