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Protecting the world we share.

Every breath connects us to the world ocean — and to each other. We share a responsibility to conserve and sustain marine resources, habitats and our ocean’s biodiversity. At Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, we empower the youngest inhabitants of our blue planet to embrace that responsibility.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium just made a huge announcement! In order to continue their mission and carry out their vision, Mote now has plans to build a massive and very impressive new Aquarium around Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota County! The new Mote Science Education Aquarium will share ocean literacy with a much greater cross-section of residents and visitors. This will more than double the size of the current Mote Aquarium and will make learning about the oceans for all much easier in this 110,000 square feet of space. Interested in helping or just learning more about coral reef, marine life, science, research? www.moteoceansforall.org

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Another Photographer!

My post on June 6th explains the rare opportunity I was presented with to do research with Mote Marine Laboratories staff and interns. One of the teenage interns had a camera in an underwater casing and jumped in the water numerous times to capture some of the rays we studied or saw that day. It’s always fun to see another photographer so passionate about getting the best possible photographs no matter the obstacles, weather or difficulty of the shot!

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Another Photographer!

 

 

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Was lucky enough to go out with scientists and interns from Mote Marine to assist with their research on rays. We were on the lookout for spotted eagle ray, devil ray, The opportunity came about all due to my “little” of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast on our last adventure which was a kayak trip through the mangroves put on through a Mote intern. Amazing what good things come from good people doing really good things for others. I’m touched by the graciousness on this unbelievable adventure. Thank you to Kim and her oh so knowledgeable, fun and kind crew!