Podcast: Beach conditions and health conditions

With a focus on the Florida red tides (harmful algae) that can kill fish and make Gulf of Mexico beachgoers cough, Hayley and Joe learn about Mote’s Environmental Health Program from its manager, Dr. Tracy Fanara.

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Podcast: Sharks without borders: U.S.-Cuba science

U.S. and Cuban shark scientists are building bonds through joint research. Dr. Bob Hueter, Director of Mote’s Center for Shark Research, and Alexei Ruiz Abierno of University of Havana discuss Cuba’s amazing sharks — including one rare species they tracked from Cuban to U.S. waters. They discuss the hurdles and triumphs of working together amid the tentative relationship between the two nations.

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Podcast: Give me an M-O-T-E!

Get to know Mote Marine Laboratory during this inaugural episode, in which hosts Joe Nickelson and Hayley Rutger share the storied history of this independent, nonprofit marine research and education facility in Sarasota Florida. Hear about the adventures of Mote’s founding “Shark Lady” and dip your toes into Mote’s brand-new podcast, Two Sea Fans! Episode transcript courtesy of our intern, Mary Alice Blackstock

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Celebrate the SEAson with a meaningful, marine gift

Uplift your family and friends while benefiting the oceans with one of these holiday gifts, which help support Mote Marine Laboratory’s world-class research, conservation, education and animal-care efforts.

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Sand sculpting champs declared during seventh Crystal Classic

International sand sculpting champions were declared today during the seventh annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival, which is drawing thousands to Siesta Public Beach and raising awareness for endangered sea turtles. (See the completed sculptures Monday and Tuesday. Details at: www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com)

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Seagrass protection goals clearer thanks to Charlotte Harbor study

Seagrass beds — vital habitat for Florida wildlife — may decline if poor water clarity obscures their sunlight. Now, resource managers in Charlotte Harbor have new tools to keep water clarity on target, thanks to a study by Mote Marine Laboratory and Janicki Environmental, Inc.

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