From what we were able to observe (and read about MOTE), the laboratory is world-class. They are the only research facility in the US with a congressionally-appointed shark research program.
|first we toured the "aquarium portion of MOTE"|
|we loved the touch tanks!|
|Emma's favorite was the stingray pool|
|we stopped on a small uninhabited island in Sarasota Bay (see how much taller Josh is than me?)|
|on the boat, our on-board biologist showed us several native species of marine life|
|many different crabs live in the bay|
|on on-board biologist|
|this hideous thing was a batfish (he had legs and fins)|
We really enjoyed our time at MOTE. If you have the chance, it's totally worth your time to take a peek at what's lying beneath the surface of the Florida waterways!
At Mote, you can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.(from their website)
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236