Experiences at Mote

The Aquarium at Mote offers plenty of ways for you to get your feet wet in marine science. Join us for one of these special experiences...
Narrated Training Sessions with Sharks
Visitors have long watched in awe on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as we feed the fish that live in our Shark Habitat. Now, we offer the opportunity for you to learn even more about these cool animals during our new Narrated Training Sessions. Watch and listen as you learn how and why we train the sharks that live at Mote.

The Training Sessions take place at 11 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday and are free with regular admission. Learn why and how we train our sharks and about Mote Founding Director Dr. Eugenie Clark's early work training sharks.

—Special thanks to the
Helen Forde Gander and
Mary A. Baldwin Charitable Trust for helping us make these sessions possible.


Shark Encounter
If the narrated training sessions gave you an appetite for all things sharky, consider joining us on a special Shark Encounter, where you become chef to the sharks.
Up to three guests can join Mote staff at 10 a.m. each Wednesday to prepare brunch for our sharks and large fish, including blacknose, nurse and sandbar sharks, southern stingrays, tarpon, snook, goliath grouper and more. Guests will learn about shark biology, care, feeding and research from elasmobranch specialist Michele Taylor. $45 per person for 13 and older. Kids 13-18 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance reservations required.

Fossil Creek
Now Mote Aquarium visitors can play marine paleontologist — and take home natural buried treasures of the sea. At Fossil Creek, you can buy a bucket of sand and sift out hidden fossils using a sieve in a mini waterway. You might find shark's teeth and stingray tails smoothed with time, ancient gar scales or bony plates from pufferfish mouths. All fossils are real and are yours to keep, along with your sand bucket printed with pictures of different types of shark teeth. $5.99 plus tax.

Tour the Seahorse Conservation Laboratory
Mote’s Seahorse Conservation Laboratory Tours reveal what threats seahorses face in the wild and how Mote breeds them for conservation. 

Seahorses are harvested around the world for traditional medicines, caught and dried for the souvenir trade and collected for aquariums. More than 25 million seahorses are consumed annually, causing concern that wild populations are becoming depleted and even endangered.

To reduce the pressure on these fascinating fish, Mote raises seahorses that are later displayed in aquariums, zoos and science institutions around the country.

  • Tours take place from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Fridays for groups of up to four people. Reservations required. $30 per person. Email groupsales@mote.org for reservations or call 941-388-4441, ext. 348.

Morning Rounds
You can learn even more about the animals that live at Mote Aquarium by joining us on Morning Rounds. Up to three guests can spend about 90 minutes meeting several Mote aquarists as they care for our fish and invertebrates. On Morning Rounds, guests will get to help feed the fish, see how we maintain habitats and learn more about how we keep our animals healthy.

  • Morning Rounds are for guests ages 10 and older. Cost is $40 per person or $35 for Mote Members. Reservations are required. Morning Rounds guests also receive special discounted admission to Mote Aquarium ($14 for adults and $12 for youths ages 10-12.)
  • For reservations, please contact the Group Sales Office at (941) 388-4441, ext. 348, or e-mail groupsales@mote.org.

Breakfast at Mote
Ever wondered what happens at Mote Aquarium before the doors open in the morning? Have Breakfast at Mote and find out!

Birthday Parties at Mote
Thanks to popular demand, Mote Aquarium is now offering Birthday Parties at Mote. Perfect for the sea squirt in your life!

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About Us

Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.