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'Ding' Darling To Host Sea Monsters Exhibit This Summer

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Get hands-on with Sea Monsters! The Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota has put together a traveling exhibit where you can learn all about some of the most fascinating sea creatures and the characteristics that make them monster-like including ultra vision, venom, powerful jaws and bioluminescence.

This intriguing, interactive exhibit will be at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel this summer, from June 1 through August 18, 2014. You’ll find it in their Visitor & Education Center, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is always FREE. You can’t miss it, just look for the giant 10’ inflatable squid.

So, if you’ve ever wondered what you’d look like with monster attributes (maybe the ability to glow in the dark?), check out the Monster Makeover panel. You can also touch a shark skin, put together a huge sea puzzle, see Mako jaws and try your skills with the tooth-to-diet matching activity game.

There’s even a live videoconference area where you can schedule a meeting with Mote’s science educators, who will then speak with you about marine animals, sea creatures and more.

In conjunction with the Sea Monsters traveling exhibit, Tarpon Bay Explorers will offer discounts on their boating rentals and touch tank excursions all summer long. There will be other surprises happening including things like cool crafts and storytelling.

A big round of applause to the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) because it was their efforts along with grants from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and a private family foundation, for making this traveling exhibit at the Refuge possible. If you would like to make a contribution and support DDWS, call 239-292-0566.