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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Sarasota

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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota
FL
34236
Tel: (941) 388-2451

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From its humble beginnings in tiny shed in a small Florida town, Mote Marine Laboratory has expanded to include a 10.5-acre campus in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations and public exhibits in Key West and field stations in Summerland Key and Charlotte Harbor. Florida's extensive coastline and marine and estuarine environments have enabled Mote scientists to build a platform of marine research conducted in the nearshore environment.
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    Pleasant small aquarium, worth a visit if you are in the area and have time. Plus here is that most animals are rescued and your money goes to support them and conservation, as it is research lab and a non-profit.
    There is one dolphin which is of a rare type, a couple of manatees, and a few other marine critters such as large sea turtles. They let you touch stingrays, sea cucumbers, starfish and a few animals of that kind.

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    This is a great Aquarium! It might be a little smaller than other major metropolitan quarians, but the exhibits were all top quality and informative. They focus on local species, but include plenty of variety. The turtle and dolphin exhibits were great, too.

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    Volunteers here are friendly and abundant. Aquarium is in very nice area of Sarasota. Facilities are well kept, albeit there's a very limited amount of exhibits.

    But... it's priced way too much for the tiny size of this place; it's a 20 minute experience. Left feeling gypped because of the cost.

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    We went on shark feeding day (Wednesdays at 11) and loved it. The jellyfish, manatee, and sea horse displays were beautiful, and all the staff were polite and very informative. So worth the $20!

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    Poor animals. The basins do not match with the natural environment of those creatures. Especially the turtles, the manatees and the lonely dolphin seems to be disturbed... I feel sorry

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