May 2015

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Dr. Eugenie Clark: Celebrating her life and legacy
We celebrated the life and legacy of our founding "Shark Lady," Dr. Eugenie Clark during a special memorial on what would have been her 93rd birthday on May 4. The memorial drew more than 500 family, friends, colleagues and admirers who were inspired by her passion for our oceans. Dr. Clark, who passed away in February, had a career that spanned nearly 75 years and included groundbreaking work on sharks and other fishes. She was also a much-loved teacher who touched countless lives and helped people around the world develop their own love for our oceans. Clark is survived by four children, Hera, Aya, Tak and Niki Konstantinou, and grandson Eli Weiss.

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> Donate to the Dr. Eugenie Clark Memorial Research Endowment Fund

Join Us: Turtle Nesting Season Walk & Talks
We recently documented the first sea turtle nests of 2015 for the beaches we monitor between Longboat Key and Venice. Our Gulf Coast is a hotspot for nesting sea turtles, but how much do you know about our flippered friends?

Learn the tale behind the turtle tracks by joining our free, educational Turtle Walks on Saturdays in June and July. Turtle Walks are led by a Mote-trained volunteer who participates in our Sea Turtle Patrol and in the Longboat Key Turtle Watch, which partners with us to monitor the Key's beaches.

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Upcoming: Join us for tee times at 10a.m. and noon on June 20 for a special mini-golf fundraising tournament at Evies Family Golf Center, 4735 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. The event is being organized by a local 11-year-old who wants to save sea turtles.

Rehabbed & Released
A loggerhead sea turtle rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and treated for boat-strike injuries at Mote returned to the wild on May 8 from Lido Key. The 255-pound adult female turtle was nicknamed "Mrs. Turt Lee" after Chief Petty Officer Ekahi Lee, supervisor of the Coast Guard crewmembers who rescued the animal.

Mote caregivers and Coast Guard officials carried Mrs. Turt Lee to the beach, gave her a moment to gather her bearings on shore and then Mote staff guided her out to sea. Once in the water, Mrs. Turt Lee raised her head, took a breath and swam off toward the horizon.

> Donate now to Mote's Sea Turtle Hospital

Support Mote… Just by Showing Up
You may have heard that Microsoft is getting ready to open a new store at University Town Center (UTC), 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, Fla. 34243. But did you know that as part of their grand opening celebration they're offering grants of up to $500,000 worth of new computer software and $4,000 for new hardware for deserving nonprofit organizations?

Mote is in the running to receive grants, but we need your help to do it. At least 40 people must to visit the store when it opens at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 11 and meet us in the designated location for Mote supporters. Once Microsoft officials determine that we've met our goal, we will receive a grant.

> RSVP now to let us know you've coming

Register Now: Summer Camp Spots Filling Fast
A few spots remain for campers in Mote's 2015 summer programs. Kids ages 2 through high school can get involved in something fishy at our marine science-themed camps that take place from June through August.

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Mark Your Calendar: World Oceans Day on June 6
A worldwide ocean celebration is on the horizon — join the fun during the World Oceans Day Family Festival on June 6 at Mote Aquarium. Mote's World Oceans Day event will spotlight the ocean's deep connection to the human spirit and the boundless inspirational power of our natural world's greatest resource with a fun family festival featuring games and crafts focused on green practices, marine science and conservation by Mote and other local organizations.

  • Cost: Free with regular paid admission to Mote Aquarium (Mote Members always get in free.)
  • When & Where: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Fla., 34236
Hugh & Buffett in the Spotlight
Our resident manatees Hugh & Buffett stole the spotlight in a new Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom web series launched on April 23 — raising awareness for their species and demonstrating their special job participating in Mote research to benefit wild manatee conservation. Hugh and Buffett are the world's most highly trained manatees and they participate in daily training sessions that have allowed Mote researchers to study how manatees perceive and navigate their underwater world.

"Observing a research session with Hugh and Buffet was remarkable; I've never seen anything like it!" said Wild Kingdom host Stephanie Arne. "The more information the animal care team learns about manatee senses, the better cautionary plans we can implement in order to find a balance between recreational use of manatee habitat and conservation of the species. What Mote staff discover could actually help save this endangered species."

> Watch the series (Click on the "Mission" segment to watch Hugh & Buffett in scientific action)

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.