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Mote SEA Show

Join us online this fall as we livestream in front of our 135,000 gallon shark habitat. 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 are pilot testing a new FREE livestream lesson on select Tuesdays, from 9:00 am–9:30 am ET, in October and November. You may register for all the dates or any one individual date. Each date will feature a different guest expert from our lab.

  • Format: Livestream via Zoom or Skype (up to 5 interactive sites per date)
  • 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

Outline

  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 experts 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.

Objectives

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.

Test our interactive technology.

Register as an interactive site and help us improve our interactive technology. Your participants will have the opportunity to directly ask questions of our experts.

Note: this is program is open to 3rd-12th+ and available to both formal and out-of-classroom audiences. Portions of the program may be simulcast on YouTube and 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

Brian Siegel

Guest Speaker

Brian Siegel

Senior Aquarium Biologist

Guest Speaker, 10/22/2019

Brian is originally from Staten Island, New York, then family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 1989. He has been designing, fabricating, and maintaining exotic fish, reptiles, and invertebrates professionally since 1994. Brian has always kept exotic reptiles as pets. His current collection includes Arizona mountain kingsnake, Hypo-brooks kingsnake, gray-banded kingsnake, Florida soft shell turtle, river cooter turtle, stripedface mud turtle and a leopard tortoise (named Irving).

Greer Babbe

Research Assistant

Greer Babbe

Research Assistant

Guest Speaker, 10/29/2019

Graduated with her BS in spring 2015. Greer participated in two internships in 2016 with the Benthic Ecology and Fisheries Habitat Ecology department in 2016. She was contracted by Jim Locascio for a fish communities project late 2016, and has accepted this position under Jim Culter in August 2017.

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.

Kim Bassos-Hull

Senior Biologist

Kim Bassos-Hull

Senior Biologist

Guest Speaker, 11/19/2019

Kim works with the following programs at Mote; Shark and Ray Conservation Program, Education, and the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. As part of her work with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Kim is employed by the Chicago Zoological Society (based at Mote Marine Laboratory as part of a partnership to engage in dolphin research, education, and conservation action). Kim is also employed part time with Mote and since 2006 has worked with Mote's Education Division as a research mentor for the High School Intern Program. Since 2009 Kim has led a research project documenting spotted eagle ray biology, behavior, and fisheries impacts in Florida, Mexico, and Cuba with the Shark and Ray Conservation Program.

Dr. Krystan Wilkinson

Postdoctoral Scientist

Dr. Krystan Wilkinson

Postdoctoral Scientist

Guest Speaker, 11/19/2019

Krystan Wilkinson is a postdoctoral scientist employed by the Chicago Zoological Society and based at Mote Marine Laboratory as part of a partnership to engage in dolphin research, education and conservation action. Wilkinson is also an adjunct scientist with the Sharks & Rays Conservation Research Program at Mote. Her research assesses predator-prey interactions between sharks and coastal bottlenose dolphin populations in southwestern Florida.

Basic Recommended Technology for Livestreams

  • Computer or videoconference system running Zoom. Learn more about Zoom.
  • 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.
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Web Resources and Activities

Links to resources to enhance your virtual experience with us.

Teeth Beneath 2019 - Flipgrid Worksheet.pdf
💚 Shark Flipgird Activity Sheet (flipgrid.com/seatrek)
MoteSEAtrekTVSharkDaysWorksheet3.pdf
💚 Shark Flipgird Activity Sheet (flipgrid.com/seatrek)