April 30, 2023
The Mote family is absolutely heartbroken to share that yesterday, April 29, our beloved resident manatee, Hugh, passed away unexpectedly.
After Hugh showed a change in his behavior earlier in the day, animal care staff began closely monitoring him. Saturday late afternoon, Hugh suddenly became unresponsive in his habitat at Mote Aquarium's Marine Mammal Center. Hugh’s Animal Care team responded immediately, and ultimately determined that Hugh had passed away.
April 26, 2023
In this edition, discover how our team at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is: shedding light on dolphin deaths using forensics tools; bringing Aquarium visitors into the world of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"; studying the underwater impacts of Hurricane Ian; and honoring diverse trailblazers in STEM fields, past and present.
April 19, 2023
Mote Marine Laboratory documented the first local sea turtle nest of 2023 on Tuesday, April 18 in Casey Key. Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program (STCRP), interns and approximately 300 volunteers began monitoring Sarasota area beaches on April 15, finding the first nest early - just 3 days after patrolling began.