Learn all about marine life at the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. — Making sure the right amount of fish is prepared and ready to go for the residents of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is part of Amy Debrick’s daily life.


What do you want to know

  • Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is located in Sarasota
  • It is dedicated to the conservation and education of marine life
  • One of the aquarium’s current exhibits is about sharks
  • More Florida on a Tankful

“Yeah, that’s always how we start,” Debrick said. “We take out all of our feeds and cut them to the right sizes, depending on the sharks we feed.”

Debrick is one of many marine biologists and other Mote Marine staff who help educate visitors while continuing to learn more about the amazing creatures at the aquarium.

Mote is dedicated to conservation and education, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the natural ecosystems that sustain ocean life. It offers educational opportunities to get up close and personal with different ocean life, including multiple hands-on experiences, touch tanks, live feeders and, of course, its temporary exhibits. An ongoing exhibit is dedicated to all things shark.

Debrick is one of many marine biologists and other Mote Marine staff who help educate visitors while continuing to learn more about the amazing creatures at the aquarium.

She grew up in California and knew from a young age that she had a passion for all things ocean life. Her father took her to SeaWorld and aquariums around the country, fostering her love for her future career.

“Growing up in California, we had Monterrey Bay and all these aquariums, so when you have things like that, you grow up wanting to work in those places when you’re older,” Debrick said.

She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. Her chosen profession can be difficult to get into, but she was lucky enough to be hired at Mote right out of college.

To learn more about the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium events and traveling exhibits that Debrick and his colleagues prepare and present, check out its website. It is open 7 days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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