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Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota, FL
Pictures, information and a video from a visit to the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium located in Sarasota Florida.

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Mote Main Entrance

Mote The Philanthropist

RV Mako Boat Display

The Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is located on City Island at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Before our trip to Tampa, we had joined the Zoological Society of Florida through the Miami Metro Zoo. The ZSF is affiliated with the AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums).

The Mote Marine Aquarium was on the AZA's list of "Reciprocal Zoos & Aquariums", so we were granted complimentary general admission by presenting our ZSF membership cards.

The admission prices are $17 for adults, $16 for senior citizens over 65 years of age, and $12 for children 4 to 12 years old.

If you live in the Tampa or Sarasota area, consider joining the Mote Marine Aquarium's annual membership program which is only $50 and includes free admission for the year.

William Russell Mote History
Main Aquarium Room
Small Fish Aquarium
The Mote Marine Aquarium & Laboratory is open all year long on every day of the week from 10 am to 5 pm. The admission fee also gets you into the Immersion Cinema Theater, and the Ann & Alfred E. Goldstein Marine Mammal Center, which is located a short walk away from the Mote Marine Aquarium building.
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Spiny Porcupine Puffer Fish
Sting Ray
If you get hungry during your visit to the Mote Marine Aquarium, check out the retro 1950's style "Deep Sea Diner", which is run by the same people who own the popular Sarasota restaurant "Michael's On East". Our visit took place during the late afternoon after we had just eaten lunch, so we didn't get a chance to try out the food at the "Deep Sea Diner".
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Bright Blue & Yellow Fish
Live Coral Aquarium
Some of the featured exhibits at the Mote Marine Aquarium include "Freshwater Florida", "Florida Bays", "Creatures From The Reef", "Mysterious Mollusks", the "Contact Cove" touch tank, the 135,000 gallon Shark habitat tank, the Sting Ray touch pool, the two working marine laboratories, the "Art at the Aquarium" painted murals, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle tanks, the "Manatee Habitat", and the dolphin pool.
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Neon Green & Red Coral
Giant Frogfish

If you have the time, there's also an "Eco Boat Tour" offered at the Mote Marine Aquarium that takes you out into the waters of Sarasota Bay. The excursion is conducted by the "Sarasota Bay Explorers" private tour company. During the boat ride, the tour guide captures sea creatures for the guests to admire and then releases them back into the water. One of the highlights of the Eco Boat Tour is the dolphins which are commonly seen swimming nearby. Combination tickets that include the Mote Marine Aquarium as well as the Eco Boat Tour cost $36 for adults and $29 for children 4 to 12.

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Beauty In The Sea Area
Small Silver Fish
Jelly Fish Tank
Sea Spine
There are over a hundred unique species of marine life contained within the various aquariums. Just some of these creatures include apple snails, crawfish, cowfish, spiny puffer fish, snook, filefish, striped burr fish, sea stars, horseshoe crabs, sea cucumbers, seahorses, French angel fish, damsels, jellyfish, sea nettles, toadfish, scorpionfish, lobsters, hogfish, butterfly fish, a 27 foot long giant squid from New Zealand, sea urchins, goliath grouper, tarpon, redfish, nurse sharks, bull sharks, blacktip sharks, sandbar sharks, green sea turtles, loggerhead turtles, octopuses, manatees and dolphins.
Large Lobster
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Bright Blue & Yellow Fish

Blue, Black & Yellow
Bright Yellow Tail
"Finding Nemo" Fish
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Clown Anemonefish
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Tiny Jelly Fish Floating
Crab Inside Large Shell
Star Fish
Sea Cucumber
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Outdoor Aquariums
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"Big Fish" In Deuce Bigalow
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Pharaoh Cuttlefish
Cuttlefish Hiding
To experience the sights and sounds of the Mote Marine Aquarium, take a look at the short video below. It is encoded in the Windows Media (WMV) format, runs about 3 minutes long and has a file size of 42 mb (megabytes). Left click on the link to "stream" the video or right click and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" to save the file to your hard drive.

Mote Marine Aquarium Video Clip - Sarasota, FL

Humboldt Squid
Giant Squid From New Zealand
Huge Squid Body

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