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Updated: 02/16/2018 02:20:53PM

Mote to dazzle

with aquarium

at Benderson

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ARTIST RENDERING PROVIDED BY MOTE

A giant shark swims across the glass wall of the proposed new Mote Aquarium, which will be built at Benderson Park in Sarasota.

ARTIST RENDERING PROVIDED BY MOTE

An artist's rendering of the proposed new Mote Aquarium to be built at Benderson Park.

ARTIST RENDERING PROVIDED BY MOTE

Teaching labs will be a key element of the new Mote Aquarium to be built at Benderson Park, allowing more room for research at the present City Island location of the aquarium.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY MOTE
Eugenie Clark was the first scientist at MOTE Marine Laboraty when it began in 1955 at Cape Haze.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY MOTE

Mote Marine Laboratory Founder Dr. Eugenie Clark (front, center) celebrates with family and friends Oct. 27 2012 at Mote’s annual gala, Oceanic Evening. Clark founded Mote Marine in a one-room building in 1955 in Placida. Also pictured are John B. Pohle, Beth Pohle, Irena Gwaltney, Elka Lanphar (behind Clark), Bill Seaver, Patrice Boeke, Lt. Col. John F. Pohle and Tom Alburn.

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Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory, speaks to guests and honors Mote founder Dr. Eugenie Clark Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Mote's annual, gala Oceanic Evening.

By KIM COOL

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Imagine a building that is shaped somewhat like a boat, is four stories tall and covered in glass. As you approach the building, which is situated on a lake, giant sharks can be seen in the glass as animations.

This is the planned exterior of the new $100 million aquarium that Mote Marine Laboratory plans to build at Benderson Park.

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