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"The Stranding Investigrations Program is exciting and rewarding! My favorite part is working with animals who will one day be released. It's nice to see that our response really matters." — Savannah Meade, Stranding Investigations Intern at Mote Marine Laboratory

Stranding Investigations | Mote Field Stations

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2013 was the second highest sea turtle nesting season along Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast in the three decades that Mote and its Sea Turtle Patrol team have been monitoring the beaches here. Not only was the number of loggerhead nests a near-record, but the number of green sea turtle nests more than doubled the local record.

Forget Shark Week. Shark Science at Mote Marine Laboratory is way cooler.

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Dr. Nick Whitney of Mote programed the accelerometer tag (orange tag) to collect data for 2 two weeks. After a two-week period, the accelerometer will disconnect from the dorsal fin and float to the surface to be retrieved by Dr. Nick Whitney. The accelerometer tag will store to memory the fine scale movements of Betsy- every tail beat, every change of pitch and posture- second by second. This will be the longest an accelerometer tag has been on a shark.

Combat Wounded & Injured Veterans, SCUBAnauts Team Up to Help Mote Marine Laboratory Restore Life to Florida’s Reef

If we've learned anything about sharks from the movies, it's that sharks are moody and have a taste for human blood. And movies can't lie, right? Untamed Science heads to Mote Marine Lab to give us the real skinny on how science studies shark behavior and possibly prove the movies wrong. As if that's even possible!

Plankton are tiny organisms at the bottom of the food chain in the ocean.

Mote’s earth-friendly fish farm just got greener — a large-scale project at Mote Aquaculture Research Park is using solid fish waste to grow saltwater plants for restoration projects. The project is designed to be a model of how saltwater fish farms can cost-effectively recycle all of their waste — a goal commercial-scale aquaculture has yet to achieve. The move is a key step forward for sustainable aquaculture at Mote.

Mote's Fisheries Habitat Ecology program focuses on how fishes interact with their habitats and how disturbances influence these interactions. By understanding how fish use habitats, we can develop a better understanding of how disturbances impact these fish-habitat interactions and ultimately how disturbances affect fish populations.

Mote's Manatee Program research studies include photo identification, aerial surveys, genetic sampling and working with our Environmental Laboratory of Forensics to study chemical contaminant levels and the effects of those and other stressors on manatees. It is important to note that all of these efforts are necessary for effective manatee conservation.

Mote shark researchers tag a whale shark off Sarasota, Fla., in the Gulf of Mexico on May 28, 2010. Photo by Kim Hull/Mote Marine Laboratory

Image Gallery: Mysterious Lives of Whale Sharks

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Sarasota - Mote Marine Laboratory Mote’s Staghorn Line nursery where scientists grow corals suspended in the water column to determine growth rates and health at different light levels and conditions. They grow pretty fast on these” “laundry lines” and it’s helping scientist to better understand corals to ensure they flourish in the future.

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