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MOTE MARINE LABORATORY AND AQUARIUM: Dolphin, Whale & Sea Turtle Hospitals

Mote has been rehabilitating dolphins and whales at our Sarasota, Fla.-based facilities since 1992. At Mote, our goal is to provide the most humane treatment possible for live-stranded dolphins and whales, while also creating a better scientific understanding of these animals and their needs to support conservation of these species in the wild. Mote has one of only three hospitals in Florida with special facilities and training to care for sea turtles suffering from fibropapilloma tumors. Because scientists are still learning how this disease is transmitted among turtles, we must provide a separate facility just for animals with these tumors. We aim to help all our turtle patients return to the wild and contribute to their populations for years to come. This matters greatly: All sea turtle species are threatened or endangered.To learn more, visit

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1199 N. Fairfax St.
Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
[email protected]


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