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Mote Aquarium and Marine Laboratory

Photo Credit: Mote Aquarium

Take a closer look at our wondrous oceans by visiting Mote Aquarium – home to more than 100 marine species and interactive exhibits featuring the world-class marine research of Mote Marine Laboratory. Located on Sarasota’s City Island just north of St. Armands Circle, Mote Aquarium offers plenty to “sea” for locals and visitors alike.

Discover manatees, sea turtles and many fascinating fish including large sharks and tarpon in Mote’s 135,000-gallon shark habitat. Watch sharks swim to special targets for their food – a behavior that helps Mote aquarists take good care of them and learn from them – during narrated training sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11am.

See wondrous seahorses, cuttlefish that change color in a blink, and other fish and invertebrates that Mote raises and displays to raise public awareness about our oceans.

At the family-friendly and educational exhibit “Oh Baby! Life Cycles of the Sea,” visitors are invited to discover ocean animal “romance” and reproduction, babies of many species, and the survival challenges facing new generations of marine life. These topics are central to marine research around the globe, including the world-class science of Mote Marine Laboratory.

The Aquarium is a unique Informal Science Education Center that brings the research of Mote Marine Laboratory to life. Guests can peek into working labs and enjoy exhibits about real Mote science. In addition to visiting The Aquarium, people of all ages can sign up for education programs for an even closer look at marine research and ocean ecosystems.

The Aquarium is open from 10am-5pm, 365 days per year. Behind-the-scenes tours and venue rentals are available. To learn more, call 941-388-4441 or visit

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