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Mote Marine Lab has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission.

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium We said farewell to Shoshi last week after a quick stay at Mote’s Se

Anna Maria Island

  • 18.05.2018 16:57
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We said farewell to Shoshi last week after a quick stay at Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital! The turtle was found by a fisherman, and its initial exam determined the turtle’s body was reacting to something external. Read more about Shoshi’s journey here: http://bit.ly/2IqbJTF. #motemarinelab #motesip #rescue #rehabilitate #release #lovefl #flashbackfriday (📸: @flfisherman12)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Even on stormy days, it's always beautiful at #IC2R3! #restorecorals #

Summerland Key, Florida

  • 17.05.2018 20:48
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Even on stormy days, it's always beautiful at #IC2R3! #restorecorals #motemarinelab #protectourreefs #lovefl

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium HBD to big boy Buff! One of Mote’s resident manatees, Buffett, is ce

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 16.05.2018 21:59
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HBD to big boy Buff! One of Mote’s resident manatees, Buffett, is celebrating his 31st birthday today by eating lots of kale treats, playing with his toys and giving guests occasional smooches. Help us wish him well! 🍰🎉 #manatee #lovefl #motemarinelab

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Happy #ScienceSaturday from our Sharks & Rays Conservation Research Pr

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 12.05.2018 17:55
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Happy #ScienceSaturday from our Sharks & Rays Conservation Research Program! Right now, Mote scientists are working on a collaborative project with @harborbranch studying spotted eagle rays’ diets, how they eat their food and how it sounds when they eat it. These spotted eagle rays are local and are studied at most for two weeks before they’re returned to the wild. The equipment in the water can be described as an underwater ear with a camera. As the eagle rays eat, scientists can determine what it sounds like when eating different prey. Once they determine these sounds in a tank, they can place this same device in the wild to see what they’re eating in different habitats. #motemarinelab #research (📸: @flfisherman12)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Happy #FunFactFriday! Ever wondered where

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 11.05.2018 23:05
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Happy #FunFactFriday! Ever wondered where "Mote" came from? The strapping man you see standing next to Dr. Eugenie Clark is William R. Mote. Born in 1906 in Tampa, he grew up loving the sea and all of its treasures. Eventually, Mr. Mote wanted to build a marine research lab on Florida's west coast, but while searching for ideas he discovered there already was one: the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory that was started in 1955 by Dr. Eugenie Clark. Mr. Mote stepped in as a benefactor to help the lab grow to what it is today, and that is how we became Mote Marine Laboratory. Pretty neat, huh? #motemarinelab #lovefl

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium The #moteotters might not have the best table manners, but they’re s

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 08.05.2018 21:39
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The #moteotters might not have the best table manners, but they’re still pretty darn cute don’t you think? #motemarinelab #lovefl

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Our founder, hero, and well known “Shark Lady” Dr. Eugenie Clark w

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 04.05.2018 18:45
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Our founder, hero, and well known “Shark Lady” Dr. Eugenie Clark would be celebrating her 96th birthday today. Join us in remembering her legacy and celebrating her today by commenting below how she inspired you, a memory, or why you think she’s amazing. Happy Birthday, Genie! Thank you for leading the way for women in science. #motemarinelab #sharklady #womeninscience

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Pearl here... just popping up to see if you've donated to Mote during

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 02.05.2018 01:11
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Pearl here... just popping up to see if you've donated to Mote during @cfsarasota’s #GivingChallenge18! If you think I'm cute you should really donate, which, (let's be honest) I'm really cute. givingpartnerchallenge.org

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Flippers up if you’ve got that #FridayFeeling! Will you be visiting

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 27.04.2018 17:32
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Flippers up if you’ve got that #FridayFeeling! Will you be visiting our residents at Mote Aquarium this weekend? #lovefl #seaturtle (📸: @flfisherman12)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Happy #ScienceSaturday from Staff Scientist Susan Launay! This experim

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 21.04.2018 19:50
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Happy #ScienceSaturday from Staff Scientist Susan Launay! This experiment was conducted to test if ozonation is a possible way to treat a Red Tide bloom. The experiment was conducted in a large tank filled with water from New Pass. An ozone generator produced the ozone and added it to the water in the tank. The ozone was measured with an oxidation reduction potential meter. Samples were collected before ozonation, at several intervals during the ozonation, and after ozonation stopped and the ozone in the water was decreasing. Samples were immediately analyzed for residual oxidants, chlorophyll, and turbidity (seen here). Samples were also collected for Red Tide toxins, cell counts, and nutrients. Staff is looking to see if ozonation is a possible method to control Red Tide. This was an initial experiment to test the methods in a controlled environment. The next step will be to conduct an ozonation experiment in a small canal to see how it works in a real world environment. #motemarinelab (📸: @flfisherman12)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Happy #funfactfriday! Did you know that cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonas

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 20.04.2018 20:25
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Happy #funfactfriday! Did you know that cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) flap their fins against the ocean floor to uncover buried prey? They eat things like small fish, shellfish and mollusks. They’re able to crush shells with strong tooth plates located on the underside of their body. Come give our rays some love at the Ray Tray at Mote Aquarium! #motemarinelab #lovefl #stingray (📸: @bartmcnaughton)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Education. Inspiration. Exploration. Three perfect words to describe M

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 16.04.2018 22:18
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Education. Inspiration. Exploration. Three perfect words to describe Mote Summer Camps! Give your children ages 2-18 a lively summer experience by registering them today at mote.org/summercamp. #moteeducation #motemarinelab #lovefl #summercamp

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Hugh and Buffett are burning some calories for science... The resident

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 10.04.2018 19:27
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Hugh and Buffett are burning some calories for science... The resident manatees at Mote Aquarium have been swimming against a current in an @endlesspools water flume — the same kind of swimmer’s “treadmill” used by human athletes — for the first study of energetic costs in continuously swimming manatees. The manatees rest or swim at specific speeds and then breathe under a special acrylic dome connected to an oxygen analyzer. By measuring energetic cost through calculating their oxygen consumption every minute and converting to the number of calories burned, the researchers seek to better understand the cost for healthy manatees in a controlled setting. #lovefl #motemarinelab #manatee #research (📸: @flfisherman12)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium There’s a whole underwater world to explore at Mote Aquarium! #lovef

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 09.04.2018 20:37
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There’s a whole underwater world to explore at Mote Aquarium! #lovefl #motemarinelab #moteeducation

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Let the surrounding waters of Sarasota Bay be the backdrop for your Mo

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 08.04.2018 18:49
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Let the surrounding waters of Sarasota Bay be the backdrop for your Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium wedding. Visit mote.org/venues to learn more. (Photo: @emilycophoto) #lovefl #motemarinelab #floridaweddings #sarasotaweddings

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Jellyfish are a big part of a sea turtle’s diet. They often mistake

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 04.04.2018 19:23
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Jellyfish are a big part of a sea turtle’s diet. They often mistake floating plastic bags for jellyfish, which results in ingestion and often death. Please use reusable bags when shopping to help eliminate the issue of plastic pollution. Visit the “Sea Debris” exhibit featuring @washedashoreproject through June 15 at Mote Aquarium to learn how you can help save our oceans today. #motemarinelab #seadebris #plasticpollution #moteeducation (📸: @flfisherman12)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Give your children the gift of exploration with @moteeducation summer

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 30.03.2018 16:38
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Give your children the gift of exploration with @moteeducation summer camps! With a wide range of programs, we have everything and anything for children ages 2-18. To learn about how you can keep your little ones involved with education throughout their summer break, visit mote.org/summercamp. #motemarinelab #moteeducation #lovefl #summercamp

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Wow. This bundle of balloons was found in the Gulf of Mexico a couple

Gulf of Mexico

  • 16.03.2018 16:42
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Wow. This bundle of balloons was found in the Gulf of Mexico a couple weeks ago about 40 miles offshore while Mote research teams were gathering red tide samples. In the spirit of Mote's temporary exhibit, "Sea Debris: Awareness through Art," we ask that next time you have a celebration you pass on having a balloon release. Plastics can entangle or be ingested by animals such as sea turtles, dolphins and other marine life — causing injury or even death. Learn more about plastic pollution at mote.org/seadebris. #motemarinelab #seadebris #lovefl #marineopsmote