New shark species named in honor of Mote founder

Fondly labeled the “Shark Lady,” Dr. Eugenie Clark founded Mote Marine Laboratory and continued studying fishes until she passed away in 2015 at age 92. She will now be recognized with another distinction: namesake of a newly discovered species of dogfish shark.

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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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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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