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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL

Phone: (941) 388-4441 - Tty: - 1-800-691-MOTE

Statement of Purpose

Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, non-profit research organization dedicated to excellence in marine and environmental sciences since 1955.

Mote Marine Aquarium is an educational museum providing marine programs for all ages.


Highlights & Collections

135,000-gallon shark habitat, two touch pools, giant squid exhibit, two interactive theaters, over 200 species of fish, sea turtle exhibit, manatee exhibit

Come face-to-face with a shark or barracuda in our 135,000 gallon shark tank.
Feel a horseshoe crab in the Touch Tank.
See Hugh and Buffett, our resident manatees.
Observe scientists at work in our state of the art marine mammal hospital.

Various species of Florida fish including sharks, tarpon, snook, stone crab, and permit.

Rehabilitation hospital for whales, dolphins, and manatees.


10 am to 5 pm, 365 days per year including all holidays

Admission & Directions:

 $12 for adults, $8 for children 4-12. Children under 4 and members, FREE



From I-75 take exit 210 (old 39) west to US 41 (Tamiami Trail). At the light take a left and continue to SR 789 (Gulfstream Ave), turn right and proceed across the John Ringling Bridge to St. Armand's Circle. Enter the circle and make the first right on Avenue of the Presidents toward Longboat Key. Approximately one mile from the Circle, prior  to the New Pass Bridge you will see the sign for Mote Aquarium. Turn right onto Ken Thompson Parkway and follow signs to the Aquarium

Key Personnel:

Kumar Mahadevan, Ph. D., Executive Director
Dr. Richard Pierce, Director of Research
Dan Bebak, Aquarium Director
Paula Clark, Marketing Manager

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