On Friday, Aug. 14, Sharky’s on the Pier donated $1,100 to help advance Mote Marine Laboratory's research. The donation will be split evenly among four Mote research programs: Ecotoxicology, Sea Turtle Conservation and Research, Coral Reef Restoration and Fisheries Habitat Ecology.
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, scientists of Mote Marine Laboratory and Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) placed hatchery-reared juvenile snook into acclimation enclosures in Sarasota Bay – and will release the fish into the wild from the enclosures on Friday, Aug. 14 – as part of an ongoing research project focused on finding the most effective methods to replenish and enhance wild snook populations.
“Ginger,” a bottlenose dolphin rehabilitated at Mote Marine Laboratory, was observed with a calf that appears to be her first baby on Aug. 6 in Sarasota Bay by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), which has monitored Ginger since her birth to a well-known resident Sarasota Bay dolphin, including the period since her successful return to the wild in 2009.
Photo caption: Ginger, a Sarasota Bay resident bottlenose dolphin rehabilitated and released by Mote Marine Lab, swims with a calf that appears to be her first baby on Aug. 6 in Sarasota Bay. The "2" on her dorsal fin is an identification marking - much like a medical ID bracelet - placed by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, which has monitored Ginger since birth and documented that she has been thriving after rehabilitation. (Credit: Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. Photo taken under NMFS Permit No. 15543.)