Girls interested in marine science — especially sharks and their relatives, rays and skates — are invited to a free meeting of the Gills Club from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, Sarasota.

Mote is partnering with Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, which created the Gills Club, to bring science to more girls in our community. The Gills Club is geared toward girls ages 6-17, and families are also welcome.

The meeting includes hands-on learning based on shark research and an introduction by a cool shark researcher.

Gills Club meetings are free, but participation does NOT cover visiting Mote Aquarium. (For Aquarium admission fees, go to and scroll over “Aquarium.”)

RSVP is required for all meetings of the Gills Club and children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP here.