When Cindy Burnett called Mote Marine Laboratory’s 24/7 marine animal stranding hotline on April 12, 2021 about a manatee she thought was in trouble, she at first had no idea what they were actually witnessing: a female manatee giving birth!
Sarasota, Fla. — Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and the City of Anna Maria have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pursue the construction of a marine science education and public outreach center at the famous City of Anna Maria Pier.
After more than 40 years of shark science with profound conservation impacts, Dr. Robert (Bob) Hueter retired from his role as Director of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research in December 2020, becoming a Mote Senior Scientist Emeritus.
Mote Marine Laboratory’s Dr. Ken Leber transitioned to the role of Senior Scientist Emeritus on Jan. 5, 2021, capping off his groundbreaking 35-year career focused on responsibly enhancing fisheries that nourish communities and economies around the world.
Check out this story from our 2020 annual report to learn about the marine animals Mote rescued and rehabilitated in the past year, new sea turtle research studies, exciting updates on manatee monitoring, and a big anniversary for our dolphin-focused research partners.
This year, Mote scientists and partners helped us see fisheries, sharks and rays in whole new ways, conducting one of Mote's largest snook-release experiments for fisheries enhancement, piecing together a new understanding of great white shark movement in the North Atlantic, contributing to global studies on reef sharks along with manta and devil rays, and much more.