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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 Don’t be a bummer... give your kids an incredible summer! Registrati

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 15.02.2018 21:11
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Don’t be a bummer... give your kids an incredible summer! Registration for 2018 Mote Summer Camps is now open. Children ages 2-18 can experience the underwater world in so many magical ways thanks to @moteeducation. Learn more and register at mote.org/summercamp. #motemarinelab #moteeducation #lovefl (📸: @flfisherman12)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Our otterly adorable trio and many of the other animals at #MoteMarine

  • 14.02.2018 23:04
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Our otterly adorable trio and many of the other animals at #MoteMarineLab enjoyed some #ValentinesDay treats today! Here’s hoping your day is just as sweet. #FLlove

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Happy #TrainerTuesday from Animal Care Technician Jenna Rouse! Jenna's

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 13.02.2018 17:45
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Happy #TrainerTuesday from Animal Care Technician Jenna Rouse! Jenna's love for animals started when she first saw dolphins at the @milwaukeecozoo. She now works in Mote’s Dolphin, Whale & Sea Turtle Hospitals and loves being a part of animals' path to rehabilitation. She says working in the Hospital is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle. Her advice to anyone pursuing a career in animal care is to get as much experience as possible, even if it is through volunteering and internships. Oh, and by the way, her favorite sea turtle species is the loggerhead! To learn about the great rescue, rehabilitation and  release efforts of Mote's Hospital staff, visit www.mote.org/hospital. #motemarinelab #lovefl #seaturtle #animalcare

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Happy #FunFactFriday! Seahorses are reeeeeally small when they're born

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 09.02.2018 18:24
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Happy #FunFactFriday! Seahorses are reeeeeally small when they're born. Pictured here is a lined seahorse, Hippocampus erectus, that is just a few hours old. The seahorse measured around 3/8 of an inch from the top of its head to the end of its uncurled tail. That’s about as big as a rice grain! Adult lined seahorses measure up to 7.5 inches. Learn more about them by visiting Mote Aquarium's Seahorse Conservation Laboratory! #motemarinelab #lovefl #seahorse #motebaby (📸: @mmjrc)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Happy #funfactfriday! Resembling teeth placed in a circular pattern, s

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 02.02.2018 17:04
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Happy #funfactfriday! Resembling teeth placed in a circular pattern, sea urchins use a mouth-apparatus nicknamed “Aristotle’s Lantern” in order to ingest food located on the bottom of their body. The reason for this nickname is that Aristotle was the first one to compare the resemblance of the internal structure to a lantern. #motemarinelab #lovefl #moteeducation (📸: @mmjrc)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Happy #funfactfriday! Lacking a hard calcium carbonate skeleton, soft

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 26.01.2018 17:23
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Happy #funfactfriday! Lacking a hard calcium carbonate skeleton, soft coral relies on minute skeletal elements called sclerites for support. Toadstool corals, like this one from the genus Sarcophyton, are soft corals. To see this and other beautiful reef animals, plan your visit to Mote Aquarium. #motemarinelab #lovefl #coral #protectourreefs (📸: @mmjrc)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium What warms our hearts on cold days like these? Knowing that every sing

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 18.01.2018 18:17
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What warms our hearts on cold days like these? Knowing that every single day we get to educate people, no matter their age! Visit http://mote.org/educate to see what @moteeducation programs are right for you. #moteeducation #motemarinelab #lovefl #lifelonglearning #endlessoceans (📸: @flfisherman12)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Tube feet waving hello to the weekend! #motemarinelab #lovefl #seastar

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 12.01.2018 23:31
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Tube feet waving hello to the weekend! #motemarinelab #lovefl #seastar (📸: @johannalee905)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Did you know that Mote offers research charters? You can become a citi

Sarasota, Florida

  • 11.01.2018 17:24
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Did you know that Mote offers research charters? You can become a citizen scientist for a day by helping Mote scientists measure, weigh and tag species, and gather data. Targeted species include large coastal sharks, spotted eagle rays, snook, tarpon and more! Learn about how you can enjoy a day on the water with our professionals at mote.org/charters. #motemarinelab #lovefl #research #shark #goboldly #marineopsmote

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Former First Lady Laura Bush stopped by Mote’s Boca Grande 5th Anniv

Boca Grande, Florida

  • 10.01.2018 19:18
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Former First Lady Laura Bush stopped by Mote’s Boca Grande 5th Anniversary Open House last night! #motemarinelab #lovefl #motebocagrande

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium It’s Monday, which means lots of coffee... which makes you move abou

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 08.01.2018 19:25
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It’s Monday, which means lots of coffee... which makes you move about this fast. Am I right? #manicmonday #motemarinelab #jellyfish

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium What are these fast-moving critters? These are rotifers, a small zoopl

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 05.01.2018 17:16
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What are these fast-moving critters? These are rotifers, a small zooplankton that occur in freshwater, brackish, and marine environments. Rotifers feed on microalgae and are consumed by a wide variety of fish, shellfish, corals, and other organisms. Aquarium Biologist II, Andrew Angelo, is growing them at Mote Aquarium in order to feed other species that call Mote home. #motemarinelab #lovefl #funfactfriday

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Is anyone else hiding from the cold like these Panamic Barnacle Blenny

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 03.01.2018 19:12
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Is anyone else hiding from the cold like these Panamic Barnacle Blenny fish? Say that three times fast! #floridawinter #lovefl #brr #motemarinelab #motebaby (📸: @flfisherman12)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Mote, along with @cmaquarium, @floridaaquarium and @seaworldorlando, a

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 23.12.2017 00:25
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Mote, along with @cmaquarium, @floridaaquarium and @seaworldorlando, are helping care for 46-cold-stunned turtles that came from the @newenglandaquarium. Sugar, Plum, Snicker, Doodle, Ginger, Snap, Candy, Cane, Tinsel and Dreidel (total of 10) are calling Mote home for the holidays, but will be released soon on the east coast of Florida. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2BOTKDD. (🎥: @allison_baird) #motemarinelab #lovefl #seaturtle

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium The newest addition to the Oh Baby! exhibit is walkin’ in a winter

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 20.12.2017 17:46
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The newest addition to the Oh Baby! exhibit is walkin’ in a winter “wunderland.” This is a wunderpus octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus). Its striped pattern won’t change, but the hues can change to mimic other animals and protect itself from predators. #motemarinelab #motebaby #lovefl (📷: @flfisherman12)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Happy #trainertuesday from aquarium biologist Amanda Hodo! Amanda is p

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 12.12.2017 17:06
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Happy #trainertuesday from aquarium biologist Amanda Hodo! Amanda is pictured releasing neon gobies into the Shark Zone (check by her right hand) that she raised in Mote's “Oh Baby! Life Cycles of the Sea” exhibit. Neon gobies are helpful for cleaning fish tanks. Her favorite part about working with them is watching the tiny, clear larvae transform into little blue and black striped versions of their parents. Her biggest challenge is keeping them well fed, they eat a lot for their small size. Visit the “Oh Baby!”exhibit daily at Mote Aquarium! #motemarinelab #lovefl #motebaby (Photo: Matt Seguin)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Plastic trash can break into small “microplastics.” In the ocean,

Canaveral National Seashore

  • 07.12.2017 18:04
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Plastic trash can break into small “microplastics.” In the ocean, microplastics can be eaten by plankton, birds, sea turtles, fish, shellfish, mammals and even corals. Please remember to clean up after yourself after a day at the beach or on the boat. Visit Mote’s new exhibit, “Sea Debris: Awareness through Art” opening this Saturday. #seadebris #motemarinelab #packitinpackitout #leavenotrace #washedashore (Photo by Ashley Hill)

Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Our crocodilians are popping up to say, “Have a great week!” Visit

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

  • 04.12.2017 23:29
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Our crocodilians are popping up to say, “Have a great week!” Visit their exhibit, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (📷: @staciianna) #motemarinelab #moteteeth #chompchomp