12/27 - Mote Aquarium
Today (December 27th), the weather was cloudy and cool. So, we headed over to the Mote Aquarium on the north side of St. Armands Key.
Mote specializes in marine life research, education, aquaculture and marine mammal and sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation. Mote Marine also has an aquarium, displaying mostly native Floridian marine life from a variety of environments. There is also the body of a giant squid (named "Molly Mollusk") on display, one of the few bodies of giant squids ever found intact. The animal rescue facility specializes in rescuing marine life, mainly manatees, whales, sea turtles, and dolphins. Mote's researchers also study broader environmental patterns, including the conditions underlying red tide blooms in Florida's offshore and estuarine waters.