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Share your love of animals with your Valentine at Mote Marine Laboratory

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Are you still wondering what the best, most romantic, and most original gift for the love of youyr life should be this Valentine's Day? Well, if you and your sweetheart share a love for animals, the outdoors, and each other, than perhaps a visit to the Mote Marine Laboratory is in your future.

This year, you can show your favorite "cuddle-fish" you care this Valentine's Day by offering them a romantic moonlit kayak trip or by adopting an animal for them, supporting its care at Mote.

  • Mote's Full Moon Paddle takes place on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Guests can kayak Sarasota Bay to discover the marine animals and plants that thrive in Florida's coastal waters and learn how Mote's scientists study them. It's the perfect night out for nature lovers. Ages 11 and older welcome. Children younger than 14 must attend with an adult; teens 14-18 may attend on their own after providing a notarized Medical Treatment Authorization. Learn more at
  • Adopt an Animal: Show your love for sea life by adopting a shark, sea turtle, dolphin, manatee, seahorse or stingray in The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory. For as little as $30, you will receive an adoption certificate, photo and fact sheet about their animal. You can also choose one of our higher-level adoption packages that come with other great benefits. Learn more and make your adoption.

Mote is dedicated to today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans with an emphasis on world-class research relevant to conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources. Research programs include studies of human cancer using marine models, the effects of man-made and natural toxins on humans and on the environment, the health of wild fisheries, developing sustainable and successful fish restocking techniques and food production technologies and the development of ocean technology to help us better understand the health of the environment. Mote research programs also focus on understanding the population dynamics of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems. Mote’s vision includes positively impacting public policy through science-based outreach and education. Showcasing this research is The Aquarium at Mote, which is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236, and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year.

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