Now Open

After a Year of Challenges, Sarasota Attractions Are Getting Back to Normal

Business is bouncing back at some of Sarasota's most popular attractions.

06/10/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Fast Track

Noted Shark Expert Joins Mote Marine Laboratory

Dr. Demian Chapman will serve as senior scientist and director of Mote's Center for Shark Research.

04/23/2021 By Staff

Turtle Power

Sea Turtles Arrive in Sarasota on Earth Day

The first nest of the 2021 season was reported just north of the public Venice Beach area.

04/22/2021 By Staff

Marine Life

Mote Coral Restoration Efforts Featured in National Geographic, Good Morning America

To date, Mote has planted more than 100,000 fragments of coral along Florida’s Coral Reef.

04/20/2021 By Staff

Science

Mote, City of Anna Maria Partner on Marine Science Center

The center will be built in the 1,800 square feet of empty space currently available at the City of Anna Maria Pier.

03/22/2021 By Staff

Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: Jan. 28-Feb. 3

Fun new exhibits at Mote and the Bishop, ballet and contemporary dance performances, choral concerts and more.

01/28/2021 By Kay Kipling

My Octopus Friend

'The Octopus and Me': One-on-One With Mote's Curious Mollusk

The life of this octopus is structured around play—it needs to keep its mind active.

01/01/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Exploring the Green Banana

Mote Scientists Dive Into the Green Banana, One of the World’s Deep Blue Holes

Shaped like an hourglass, the hole starts about 150 feet below the surface and goes down to a 425-foot depth. It had never been explored scientifically before this summer.

10/31/2020 By Susan Burns

Science

Mote Announces Plans for Additional Coral Nursery, International Coral Gene Bank

The organization plans to build an additional land-based coral nursery in Islamorada and a new coral gene bank at its new location in Sarasota County.

06/10/2020 By Staff

Fins up

Gecko's Cocktail Raises $10,000 for Mote

In 2018, Gecko's pledged to donate $1 for every sale of a new cocktail named in honor of Mote founder and world-renowned scientist Eugenie Clark.

06/08/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Mote, Bishop Museum Announce Reopening Dates

Mote will open June 5 and the Bishop Museum will open June 3, both with new public health guidelines in effect.

05/28/2020 By Staff

Good News

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Releases Loggerhead Turtle Into the Ocean

Chipi the turtle previously showed lethargy and neurologic issues likely due to red tide exposure.

03/26/2020 By Staff

Breaking News

Mote Closes Until Further Notice

The closure is effective immediately; animal care will continue 24/7.The closure is effective immediately.

03/16/2020 By Megan McDonald

Weekly planner

The Best Dining Events in Sarasota This Week

On the menu: Spice Boys in the Rosemary District, Fruitville Grove's strawberry festival, Parrish Heritage Day, a bestie brunch at Mote and a beer podcast at Calusa.

03/04/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Funding

Manatee County Commissioners Vote to Commit $5 Million to Support Mote

The funds will be distributed over five years to support operations, programs and outreach activities that promote tourism.

02/26/2020 By Staff

Aquanauts to Astronauts

Mote Plans Livestream to Encourage African-Americans to Pursue STEM Careers

The partnership with The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum takes place Feb. 27.

02/13/2020 By Ilene Denton

Pardon my take

Mote Otters Make Super Bowl Picks

Huck, Pippi and Jane offer their takes on who's going to win Super Bowl LIV this Sunday.

01/28/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Good Deeds

Darwin Brewing Company Partners With Grocery Stores, Distributors to Support Mote

The company's Revival Session IPA and Leatherback Lager are available at local Winn Dixie stores now.

12/15/2019 By Staff

Marine corps

Mote Summit Aims to Encourage (and Fund) Innovative Youth Conservation Projects

Over the last nine years, the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit has awarded 140 mini-grants to help young people start environmental initiatives.

12/04/2019 By Shelby Schwartz

Fast Track

Mote Names New Associate Vice-President

Kevin Claridge has been named Associate Vice-President for Sponsored Research and Coastal Policy Programs.

10/09/2019 By Staff