Mote SEA Show

Join us this year for #MSFTGlobalConnect— on November 5 — and meet our STEM experts and learn all about the marine life at Mote Aquarium.

Meet our STEM experts and learn all about the marine life at Mote Aquarium.

Get an up-close look at our animals. Learn about the research at our laboratory.

We will offer a FREE Skype Video Group Chat on Tuesday, 11/5/2019, from 9:00 am–9:30 am ET (A/V check-in from 8:45am-9:00 am).

  • Format: Skype Group Video Chat (up to 40 interactive sites)
  • Age (Grade): 08-09 (3rd), 09-10 (4th), 10-11 (5th), 11-12 (6th), 12-13 (7th), 13-14 (8th), 14-15 (9th), 15-16 (10th), 16-17 (11th), 17-18 (12th), Adult (College), Adult (Public; Library; Senior Center; etc)
  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Fee: FREE


  1. Get a sneak peek at our Aquarium before the doors open to the public
  2. Look inside our 135,000 gallon ocean habitat and observe the sharks and fish living there.
  3. Chat with a guest expert and discuss different research areas of our lab.
  4. Get an up-close view of some of marine animals, like crabs, sea urchins, turtles, and stingrays.
  5. Discuss ocean conservation and the sustainable use of our seas.
  6. Wrap up with an open Question and Answer segment–Ask Us Anything About The Ocean.


The participant will:

  • compare the adaptations of related marine species (e.g., sharks vs bony fish; sea cucumber vs sea star).
  • develop an appreciation for marine life and the role of zoos and aquariums in conservation.
  • engage in a discussion with our ocean experts about careers in marine science.
  • discuss the issues of ocean conservation and the sustainable use of our seas.
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☎️ REGISTRATION HELPLINE: (941) 388-2904We use Bookeo to process registrations.

Note: Portions of the program may be recorded. You have the option of turning off your video but audio responses from your site may be included. By registering and participating, you consent to the recording.

This program is partially supported through funding from The Rob and Melani Walton Foundation. Thank you.

Ross Johnston

Education Specialist

Livestream Host for Mote SEAtrek.TV

Ross Johnston is from Santa Cruz, California, where he became exposed to marine laboratories from visiting and volunteering at Moss Landing Marine Labs starting from a very young age. Ross’ experience has been in the environmental or conservation education departments throughout his AZA work history, including conservation curriculum development, animal enrichment and feeding narratives, and public programming with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch” and Aquarium of the Pacific’s “Seafood for the Future.” As a National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretative Guide, his professional background has focused on public conservation messaging and scientific program engagement. At Mote, Ross educates the public primarily through Mote SEAtrek.TV distance learning lessons.

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Ross Johnston

Livestream Host

Valerie Hagan

Valerie Hagan

Staff Biologist

Valerie Hagan

Staff Biologist

Guest Speaker, 11/5/2019 for MSFTGlobalConnect

Valerie is a Sarasota native who started at Mote as an intern in both the Marine Experimental Research Facility (MERF) and former shark Behavioral Ecology and Physiology Program. With a background in veterinary medicine and marine research, she returned to Mote in August 2016 to help maintain MERF and its projects- largely involving elasmobranch training and husbandry.

Basic Recommended Technology for Livestreams

  • Computer or videoconference system running Skype.
  • Large screen TV or projector. Since this is a a two-way video connection, we recommend using a large, bright TV screen over a projector when possible.
  • Webcam or video camcorder. Most laptops have a built in webcam. This can be difficult to position. A better choice is a removable webcam that can be position and focused independently.
  • USB Speaker/microphone. A high quality USB speaker/microphone with echo-cancellation will eliminate feedback.
  • High-speed internet connection. Wired ethernet preferred. Wireless not recommended.
  • Wondering about the tech need to connect? Request a free Tech Check.

Web Resources and Activities

Links to resources to enhance your virtual experience with us.

💚 Shark Flipgird Activity Sheet (
Genie Clark dives with a bull shark in Mexico, 1974.
Eugenie Clark takes measurements of a shark on dock at Cape Haze Marine Lab.

People come to me and say, 'What'll I do if I go in the water and see a shark?' You don't have to do anything. The chances of that shark attacking you in any way is so remote. The sea should be enjoyed, the animals in it. When you see a shark underwater, you should say, 'How lucky I am to see this beautiful animal in his environment!'

— Dr. Eugenie Clark

Founding Director of Mote Marine Laboratory

The Lady and the Shark by Dr. Eugenie Clark

The Lady and the Shark by Dr. Eugenie Clark. Learn more