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World Oceans Day makes a splash at Mote
World Oceans Day makes a splash at Mote

Sarasota, FL -- Seas of ocean enthusiasts made Sunday's World Oceans Day Family Festival at Mote a big hit.

More than 1,100 guests filled Mote Aquarium to enjoy games, crafts, live music, educational tables and more at the June 5 event celebrating our oceans and their wondrous creatures.

People of all ages came face-to-face with real sharks, fish and other marine life in Mote Aquarium, which was all decked out for this year’s theme: Dr. Seuss’ “One, Two, Three and the Seas.” Kids celebrated by sporting some “cheeky” ocean art — face painting by Nada Meeks.

Gallery: 2011 World Oceans Day at Mote

Mote Mascot Percy the Penguin shook his tail feathers to drum up excitement for Penguin Island, a limited-time exhibit coming to Mote in November.

Guests took pictures beside Mote aquarist Brian Siegel as he dove with Mote's bonnethead sharks.

Visitors also dunked Mote staff in the dunk tank and danced to  music by The Garbage-Men, a local band that plays instruments made from recycled materials.  

Best of all, people of all ages celebrated World Oceans Day, introducing the next generation to the beauty of the seas they will inherit.

World Oceans Day, officially celebrated each year on June 8, was created in 1992 at the Earth Summit and declared a holiday by the United Nations in 2009.

This holiday is an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.

Mote would like to thank the local organizations who made World Oceans Day possible: Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Longboat Key Turtle Watch, Sarasota Audubon Society, Solutions to Avoid Red Tide, Florida Native Plant Society, Save our Seabirds, Mote's hospitals for dolphins, whales and sea turtles, Mote’s Education Division, Mote's High School Intern Alumni Program, the Surfrider Foundation and the Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program, part of Dolphin SMART.

Mote also thanks the following generous sponsors: CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, DirectBuy, WUSF Public Media, TrueFlies, Insurance & Benefits Consultants, BJ's Wholesale Club, MetLife, Herald-Tribune Media Group, Brighthouse Networks and SRQ Magazine.

Mote Aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, Sarasota.

Admission prices are $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for kids ages 4-12. Kids 3 and younger and Mote Members always get in free. Learn more at www.mote.org or call 941-388-4441.

All photos courtesy of John Revisky/Mote Marine Laboratory.

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