March 2016

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Video: Mascots race ahead of Run for the Turtles
A sea turtle, shark, otter, cow, cat, pirate and a shoe — seven costumed mascots — ran a short race down Siesta Beach to raise awareness for Mote's upcoming 30th Annual Run for the Turtles.

The video is priceless.

Mote's 5K/1-mile Run for the Turtles will take place on April 2 at Siesta Public Beach. As Mote's longest-standing fundraiser, it raises support for our Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program, which coordinates conservation of endangered sea turtles along 35 miles of Sarasota County beaches.

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Study: Lazy shark is a sluggish success

Credit: Untamed Science
Laziness can help you succeed... if you're a nurse shark.

A new Mote research paper reveals that nurse sharks have the lowest metabolic rate measured in any shark — new evidence of the sluggish lifestyle that has helped the species survive for millennia. The study enhances knowledge about the metabolism of sharks — marine predators whose energy needs are little-understood but suspected to play a big role in the workings of healthy ecosystems.

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Going, going, gone: Keys buildings demolished

We've been having a smashing good time in the Florida Keys. Mote began demolishing its old Summerland Key buildings in late February to make way for the construction of its new 19,000-square-foot research and education facility.

The new facility, expected to open in early 2017, will more than double Mote's research and education space in the Keys. It will allow Mote to expand programs focused on studying and restoring damaged coral reefs and on finding new ways to address global threats to reefs — particularly climate change and ocean acidification.

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Watch for construction to start this spring via our time-lapse camera.

March 14 Lecture: Can bacteria help us farm seafood?

Probiotics aren't just for humans — they might also benefit the fish we love to catch and eat. Learn how probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, may benefit fish farming (aquaculture) for producing seafood and for replenishing wild fish stocks during the next talk in Mote's Special Lecture Series.

The March 14 lecture "Probiotics in Aquaculture: Tiny Organisms and Their Giant Impacts" will be presented by Dr. Andrea Tarnecki, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Marine Immunology Program at Mote.

Admission is $10 per ticket per lecture and free for Mote members. Admission is $5 for teachers, students and Mote volunteers who are not members.

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April 8-9: Snook Shindig

Don't let Mote's snook tournament be "the one that got away!" On April 8 and 9, anglers can fish in our William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig honoring Captain Scotty Moore. This catch, sample and release tournament targets snook released by Mote scientists and their colleagues at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Participants will help Mote scientists find out how snook fare after being raised and released into the wild by Mote and FWC staff.

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Summer camps

Kids can dive into marine science during Mote's summer camps. Camps focus on marine research and our local waters, from beautiful Sarasota Bay to the Florida Keys. Registration is open now for pre-K through high school summer camps in June-August.

Mote members receive a discount on most summer camps.

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Photos: New exhibit is an otter delight
Mote's new exhibit "Otters & Their Waters" is open! If you haven't seen it yet, drop by the Aquarium during normal hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days per week.

The otters — Jane, Pippi and Huck — have won our hearts with their playful behavior and their energetic presence as ambassadors for watershed ecosystems.

Check out some of our best photos below.

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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

Mote Marine Laboratory meets all requirements specified by the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act. A copy of the official registration #SC01050 and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.