Celebrate shark week with Mote Marine in many different ways

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will dive into the science behind some of the ocean’s most fascinating fishes during this year’s Shark Days at Mote with “Real Sharks, Real Science,” a family-friendly celebration from Monday through Saturday, August 10 through 15.

The shark-tastic fun kicks off Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 10, 11 and 12 at 10 a.m. with live Google Hangouts using Mote’s SeaTrek videoconferencing technology, which will allows scientists to bring high-energy, multimedia science programming right to your computer. Each Google Hangout session is about 25 minutes and will feature real shark scientists bringing their research and fieldwork to you.

To watch the program live you must have internet access and a Google+ account (more details available soon from Mote’s social media and web site). Each session will later be uploaded to SeaTrek’s youtube channel, youtube.com/user/seatrek.

Everyone is invited to make a Google Hangout session an interactive experience with the ability to ask questions via chat or video. For more information contact Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski at kasey@mote.org.

Have questions about sharks? Adults can join Mote shark experts Dr. Nick Whitney, Dr. Heather Marshall and Jack Morris at Mote’s Sea Cinema for a special Science Café on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m., a free, casual discussion between the experts and you. RSVP is required and details will soon be available from Mote’s web site.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14 children can embrace their creative side while learning about one of the ocean’s most magnificent creatures with Sharks & Crafts, a crafts event in the Aquarium’s courtyard. Sharks & Crafts is free with regular paid admission to Mote Aquarium and is free for Mote Members.

Then from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15 Shark Days at Mote will wrap up with “Fins and Fun,” a family festival where participants can enjoy games and crafts in the Aquarium’s courtyard. The family festival is free with regular paid admission to Mote Aquarium and is free for Mote Members.

You can reach Mote at (941) 388-4441 or go to mote.org.