Mote Marine Laboratory is primarily a research facility that provides education and entertainment as a byproduct. The facility is quite extensive, consisting of three main areas open to visitors. The main building consists of aquarium tanks and a large pool billed as the "Shark Zone" where, if you're there on the appropriate day and time, you can watch the shark feeding. There's also a "Touch Tank" and a "ray touch pool" where you can feel the rays as they swim by. This area also contains a small restaurant for those with hunger pains. A short walk away is the Ann & Alfred Goldstein facility where you can see sea turtles and a dolphin among other exhibits. This presented our only downside to the facility. They have two very large Sea Turtles in what, to our mind, were fairly small tanks. Then, the lone dolphin was in a large pool, but he seemed lonely and it continually snapped its mouth as if neurotic. The third building contained an interactive theater where you could participate on computers at your seat - a very unique concept. Keeping in mind that this is primarily a research facility, we feel it was a worthwhile stop despite our perceived shortcomings.
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