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Elaine Wheaton has a "go bag" for bay walks, including bug spray, clipboards for kids and adults to mark what they see and a grabber for picking up trash.

At Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, pick an adventure, any adventure

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

Elaine Wheaton has a "go bag" for bay walks, including bug spray, clipboards for kids and adults to mark what they see and a grabber for picking up trash.

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Elaine Wheaton takes groups to Sarasota Bay in the morning.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

Elaine Wheaton takes groups to Sarasota Bay in the morning.

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"Red, red, pointy head" and "black, black, salty back." Elaine Wheaton uses a rhyme to teach the difference between types of mangroves near the bay.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

"Red, red, pointy head" and "black, black, salty back." Elaine Wheaton uses a rhyme to teach the difference between types of mangroves near the bay.

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At Turtle Time, groups get to come behind the gates of Mote before it opens, which they're always excited about, Elaine Wheaton said.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

At Turtle Time, groups get to come behind the gates of Mote before it opens, which they're always excited about, Elaine Wheaton said.

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Marine animal-based social distancing reminders are posted around the aquarium.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

Marine animal-based social distancing reminders are posted around the aquarium.

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Get up close and personal with sea turtles before anyone else gets too close.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

Get up close and personal with sea turtles before anyone else gets too close.

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This tiny loggerhead hatchling came from Longboat Key and is spending time in Mote's hospital before being released.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

This tiny loggerhead hatchling came from Longboat Key and is spending time in Mote's hospital before being released.

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For "Dip Netting in the Bay," adventurers can test the water and scoop up organisms.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

For "Dip Netting in the Bay," adventurers can test the water and scoop up organisms.

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Toys for young kids and buckets for sorting specimens are at a bay hideaway on Mote property.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

Toys for young kids and buckets for sorting specimens are at a bay hideaway on Mote property.

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Mystery items and trash get collected too.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

Mystery items and trash get collected too.

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For "Turtle Time," adventurers end with land turtles like Pearl the diamondback terrapin.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

For "Turtle Time," adventurers end with land turtles like Pearl the diamondback terrapin.

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Dana Henderson leads adventurers through spa day with the terrapins.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

Dana Henderson leads adventurers through spa day with the terrapins.

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Dana Henderson leads Eli Wheaton through spa day.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

Dana Henderson leads Eli Wheaton through spa day.

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Dana Henderson supervises as Eli Wheaton scrubs algae from Smiley the terrapin's back.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

Dana Henderson supervises as Eli Wheaton scrubs algae from Smiley the terrapin's back.

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Eli Wheaton practices target training with Smiley. If the turtle touches the target, he gets food.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 |

Eli Wheaton practices target training with Smiley. If the turtle touches the target, he gets food.

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