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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium


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Take a closer look at our wondrous oceans by visiting Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – home to more than 100 marine species and to interactive exhibits featuring the lab’s world-class marine research. Located on Sarasota’s City Island just north of St. Armands Circle, the Aquarium offers plenty to “sea” for locals and visitors alike. Discover manatees, sea turtles, a pantropical spotted dolphin and many fascinating fish including large sharks and tarpon in Mote’s 135,000-gallon shark habitat. Watch sharks swim to special targets for their food – a behavior that helps Mote aquarists take good care of them – during narrated training sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. See wondrous seahorses, cuttlefish that change color in a blink, and other fish and invertebrates that Mote raises and displays to raise public awareness about our oceans. At the exhibit “Sea Turtles: Ancient Survivors,” guests can meet real sea turtles, learn about the threats they face in the wild, and follow the oceangoing journeys of turtles tagged by Mote scientists. Mote Aquarium is a unique Informal Science Education Center that brings the research of Mote Marine Laboratory to life. Guests can peek into working labs and enjoy exhibits about real Mote science. In addition to visiting the Aquarium, people of all ages can sign up for education programs for an even closer look at marine research and ocean ecosystems. The Aquarium is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 365 days per year. For visitor information, go to and scroll over "Aquarium." Behind-the-scenes tours and venue rentals are available. To learn more, call 941-388-4441, email, or visit

  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Bus Parking, Concessions
  • Average Visit Time:
  • Half day,
  • Contact Information:
  • Group Sales Email, Group Sales Phone Number 941-388-4441,


Mote Special Lecture Series: Dr. Andrea Tarnecki

March 14, 2016
Join Dr. Andrea Tarnecki for her lecture, "Probiotics in Aquaculture: Tiny Organisms and their Giant Impacts." Dr. Tarnecki is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Marine Immunology Program at Mote. Her lecture will share how studying bacteria can help us understand and raise fish. This talk will describe what is known about the fish microbiota — microscopic organisms living in and upon their bodies — and the use of beneficial bacteria called probiotics in aquaculture systems, while sharing results from Tarnecki’s own research. Tarnecki will describe the importance and limitations of aquaculture (farming aquatic animals), how probiotics work ...Read More>> and the research that led her to develop a program here at Mote. Tarnecki hopes to improve public understanding and appreciation for bacteria — including those within each of us. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to the WAVE Center for lecture guests to enjoy a cocktail hour (cash bar) before the lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. Ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Read Less


30th Annual Run for the Turtles

April 02, 2016
Time to dust off those running shoes and get ready for the 30th Annual Run for the Turtles! Our run supports the Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory and is the Program's major fundraiser — it's helping us help sea turtles! For more information, and to sign up for this year's Run for the Turtles visit (

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