August 2015

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Recent boat strikes serve as reminders to be vigilant for marine life

Photo credit: Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (photo taken under NMFS Permit No. 15543).

In recent weeks, several marine animals have been recovered or observed with boat strike wounds in Sarasota County waters — a reminder to remain vigilant for marine animals throughout this busy boating season.

Three loggerhead sea turtles and one Kemp's ridley sea turtle were recovered dead by Mote Marine Laboratory's Stranding Investigations Program between Sunday, July 5, and Monday, July 6.

Aug. 10 - 15: Shark Days at Mote
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will dive into the science behind some of the ocean's most fascinating fishes during this year's Shark Days at Mote: Real Sharks, Real Science – a family-friendly celebration from Monday through Saturday, Aug.10 – 15.

Introducing the newest member of our Volunteer Resources Team: Ralph Course
We are extremely happy to announce that Ralph Course will be joining the Mote Volunteer Resource Department staff as a Volunteer Coordinator.

Corse is a retired educator after having worked as a science and biology teacher for the first twenty years of his career and then as a large school district science specialist and director of curriculum and instruction during the last twenty years.

Volunteer Spotlight on Ellen La Torre

Ellen La Torre in Puerto Rico with one of the dogs she rescued (now a therapy dog in NJ!).
Ellen La Torre recently moved to Sarasota from New Jersey where she worked as the Director of Finance for the Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown, New Jersey for over fifteen years. In 2009 Ellen co-founded the non-profit organization Project Animal Worldwide and served as its President for two years. During that period she produced and directed the award-winning documentary, Spirit of the Sato, the Journey of Puerto Rico's Lost Dogs detailing the plight of the abandoned dogs of Puerto Rico. Ellen currently serves on the board of Puerto Rico-based non-profit All Sato Rescue.

Remarkable Photographs

Professor Gary Greenberg/SWNS
When seen well beyond the limits of human eyesight, the miniature particles of sand are exposed as fragments of crystals, spiral fragments of shells and crumbs of volcanic rock.

Professor Gary Greenberg who has a PhD in biomedical research from University College London spent five years searching the globe for remarkable sand grains to photograph. He searches through thousands of tiny rocks with acupuncture needles to find and arrange the most perfect specimens, then uses a painstaking technique to create his images.

Founded in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 research organization based in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations in eastern Sarasota County, Charlotte Harbor and the Florida Keys. Mote is dedicated to today's research for tomorrow's oceans with an emphasis on world-class research relevant to conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources.

Research programs include studies of human cancer using marine models, the effects of man-made and natural toxins on humans and on the environment, the heath of wild fisheries, developing sustainable and successful fish restocking techniques and food production technologies and the development of ocean technology to help us better understand the health of the environment. Mote research programs also focus on understanding the population dynamics of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems.

Mote's vision includes positively impacting public policy through science-based outreach and education. Showcasing this research is The Aquarium at Mote, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. Learn more at

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