We are sorry, this exhibit is now closed however the Mote Marine Laboratory hosts special guests on a fairly regular basis. Visit Mote Marine’s website for more information on educational events. Sea Lions at Mote Marine ran up until May 1, 2013. Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge was a temporary exhibit running in The Aquarium featuring a trio of Patagonian sea lions who are very comfortable in the spotlight. This thirty minute show ran three times a day, seven days a week at 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm. Admission is included in the regular Mote Marine ticket price, so you can enjoy all that Sarasota’s famous marine research center and aquarium has to offer – including some new sea lion themed features and goodies in the gift shop.
In between performances of Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge be sure to check out all the regular features at Mote Marine including a sting ray touch tank, shark tanks, sea turtles and manatee rehabilitation hospitals. At the time of this post the admission is $19 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older, $14 for ages 4-12, and free for children under 3 years old. Visit the Mote Marine for accurate rates.
Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge was a charming, family friendly and educational performance, which keeps the little ones so enthralled they won’t even realize they’ve learned something when it’s over. Sea lions are members of the pinned family, which means “flipper footed” and includes seals, sea lions, and walruses. This narrated demonstration will teach you all about their natural athleticism, intelligence, and playfulness while also educating audiences on rescue and conservation efforts. This is a real treat for Anna Maria Island visitors and native Floridians alike. As most know, there are no sea lions to be found in the Gulf of Mexico. They must not have heard how pristine and peaceful our beaches are.
The sea lions at Mote Marine, affectionately referred to as “the girls”, are Stella, Rose, and Kitty. And they have a wide variety of tricks to show off including hand stands, back flips, and some rather impressive dance moves. But they haven’t let show business go completely to their head – after the show is over, you’ll have the opportunity to cuddle up with these friendly marine mammals and have your picture taken. They do have one rule – “don’t touch the sea lions, let the sea lions touch you”. Prints are available, at any extra cost, in three different sizes.
Anna Maria Island, Florida is the world’s favorite place to vacation and that seems to have extended to our flipper footed friends as well! Be sure to stop by Mote Marine and check out Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge before they head back home at the end of April. We’re sure this educational show will gain your own seal of approval!
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236