Summer Excitement at the Mote Marine Laboratory!
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When native Floridians think about the ocean and marine life, they are often mesmerized by its beauty and mystery from the time they are a small child and remain equally as enchanted when they grow older. From the shimmering elegance of a delicate seahorse to the power and strength of a great white shark, you can encounter all these animals and so many more at the Mote Marine Laboratory. Located on Lido Key just minutes from the drawbridge that leads to Longboat Key, the Mote Marine Laboratory is one of the favorite destinations of all Longboat Key residents and visitors. And during summertime, the aquarium gets even better!
While most people believe an aquarium is where you go to observe tank after tank of fish, the Mote Marine offers so much more than that! For instance, when the shark encounter became part of the aquarium, the attraction proved to be so popular that the staff at Mote Marine realized Monday, Wednesday, and Friday shark feedings just weren’t enough to satisfy the interest that visitors had in the sharks. Therefore, the accommodating Mote staff began offering narrated shark training sessions every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00 a.m. free with the price of regular admission. The desire to educate visitors about marine life makes the Mote Marine Laboratory staff truly one-of-a-kind. In addition, they also offer frequent opportunities to witness the feeding of their stunning sea turtles from just feet away and the chance to watch the feedings of their lovable manatees and their majestic dolphin, Moonshine.
Summer proves to be the perfect time to visit the Mote Marine Laboratory, especially for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or the other children in your life. Here are just a few of the ways that Mote Marine Laboratory aims to keep kids engaged and educated this summer.
Starting June 19, the Mote Marine Laboratory will offer several intriguing summer camps to young students. There are over five different classes for children of varying ages and interests. One of the camps is called the Ecology of the Florida Keys Summer Camp and is meant for students in grades 9-12 interested in hands-on experience with sea creatures. The camp located at the Tropical Research Lab on Summerland Key lasts for approximately a week. Fees include tidal pool tours, kayaking expeditions, a tour of the Dolphin Research Center, transportation, food, snorkel gear, and housing during the camp’s duration. Another of the camps is the Aqua Kids Summer Camp, which is geared towards students from grades 1-4 and features a tour of Mote Marine Aquarium, a boating expedition on Sarasota Bay, and activities, such as games and crafts. The Sea Sleuths Summer Camp is meant for students in grades 5-8 and offers children the opportunity to snorkel, encounter animals that inhabit Sarasota Bay, kayak, and learn more about the sea. For more information regarding these summer camps or to register, visit the Mote Marine Aquarium website. These camps are perfect for any child in your life who you don’t want to be “bored” this summer!
The Mote Marine Laboratory will play host to a wonderful annual event called World Oceans Day on June 7, 2014. While the day is usually celebrated on June 8, Mote Marine plans to use a Dr. Seuss theme for the event that will promote the deep union that humans share with the ocean and recognition of the motivational influence of this breathtaking worldly resource. This event is extremely important to the Mote; in fact, Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums recognized the Mote’s celebration in 2010 by awarding it the Big Fish Award for best World Oceans Day celebration among aquariums. Featured activities this year will include games and crafts promoting green practices, aquatic research, and marine conservation. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Mote Marine Aquarium and will be free to visitors with regular admission. The event is also free to Mote Members. This is truly the perfect place to take all of your family members for a fun and informative day dedicated to Florida’s beautiful coasts and waterways!
Photos Courtesy of Mote Marine