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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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