From the Rivers to the Seas
Start your Mote Aquarium tour with a look at freshwater Florida. Most of the state’s 24 major rivers drain into the Gulf of Mexico. Another 7,800 lakes are home to a variety of animals. Among the animals featured in this exhibit: Apple snails, crawfish and – would you believe – stingrays that can live in fresh water.
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.