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Mote Marine Aquarium – Sarasota Florida

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While in Florida one of the first things we did is we headed to Mote Marine to check it out. It had been a while since the kids had been to an aquarium so this is what they wanted to do.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida

One of the first critters we  saw was this guy *shudders*

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Eel

They had this tank will sorts of starfish and other critters like hermit crabs.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Hermit Crab

My kids had a blast playing ‘peek a boo' with this guy who kept popping out of his hole.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Jawfish

He is a Yellowhead Jawfish and holds his eggs in his mouth!

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Jawfish sign

We had fun watching the Australian Yellow Spotted Jellyfish.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida spotted jelly

Baby girl kept trying to catch one as it went by!

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Baby and Jellyfish

Then we learned a bit about a mangrove island and how it works.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Mangrove

Then we saw the sharks.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Sharks

My son and my 3-year-old petted the horseshoe crabs. My oldest girl wanted nothing to do with them.

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Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Horseshoe crab

We also got to pet a starfish and sea urchin.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Starfish petting

Then we washed out hands very very very good and headed back to see more sharks.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Sharks and kids

Then we got to pet some stingrays and again washed our hands very good.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Petting Stingrays

Then we followed the arrows and manatees across the street to the 2nd building.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Follow Arrows

Hey psst, Mote Marine is Social!

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Social

The first things we saw in the 2nd building were the giant sea turtles.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Sea Turtle

We were told the pink stuff was medicine for a basic sunburn. You can see how big they are compared to the trainer to the side there.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Sea Turtle2

My kids loved being able to watch the turtle swim from the window.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Turtle Window

Then we got to see a baby sea turtle and watch it play in its tank.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida baby sea turtle

Then we headed over to the manatee tank. They were swimming in a big circle over and over. My kids were kind of mesmerized by it.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Manatee

Next to the exhibit we saw this; the two manatees eat 72 heads of lettuce a day! OUCH!

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Manatee Mailbox

The last stop was the baby exhibit. It was a bit of a walk because of some of the exhibits being under construction. The first tank of babies we saw was the baby seahorses. How cute!

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Baby Seahorse

See those tiny white dots? Those are baby jellyfish. If you get close enough, you can tell, and they are kind of cool.

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Baby jellyfish

If you want to see even more baby marine life check out their baby Hashtag!

Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota Florida Social Baby

After this, we headed over to St Armands Circle to walk the shop and grab some Kilwin's ice cream!

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