Fun Facts

  • Mote scientists have tagged more than 12,000 sharks of many species in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.
  • The Mote Shark Biology & Conservation Program is a leader in the Trinational Initiative for Marine Science and Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico & Western Caribbean, involving Cuba, Mexico and the US.
  • Mote shark researchers have conducted studies on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Mote scientists use the latest technology, such as satellite tags, to track sharks and determine their status.
  • Laboratory facilities of the Shark Biology & Conservation Program include MERF, the Marine Experimental Research Facility where large sharks can be studied in captivity.
  • Mote college interns work side-by-side with shark scientists in both the lab and the field and get "hands-on" with living sharks.

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