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What's for Dinner? The Feeding Biology of Sharks and Bony Fishes
PLEASE NOTE-LOCATION CHANGE!
New Location- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium
100 8th Ave SE
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Join us for the 2nd year of the Marine Research Speaker series. This talk will highlight decades of research on bony fishes and sharks, particularly the feeding biology of these fascinating fishes. Dr. Motta will illustrate and discuss the research of his graduate students and himself including the feeding of nurse to whale sharks, how mako shark scales reduce drag, the mechanism shark suckers use to attach to their host fishes, how billfish bills are designed, how sharks track and capture their prey, and how he brings this research to the classroom at the University of South Florida.
Biography – Professor Philip Motta, a graduate of Duke University and the University of Hawaii, has spent over 30 years studying the feeding biology of coral reef fishes and sharks. Together with his graduate students they have investigated the structure and function of shark’s teeth, bite force in fishes, whale shark feeding biology, prey capture behavior of sharks, the function of mako shark scales, and movement patterns of reef fishes. Dr. Motta will discuss this research and adventures from crawling inside the mouth of live whale sharks to shark tagging with USF undergraduate students.
For more information please contact Libby Carnahan at (727) 453-6522
Before continuing, we would like to make you aware of our reservation policies. Cancellations - If your class is canceled for any reason you will be notified no less than 24 hours prior to class start. We will provide a full refund for cancellations made by Pinellas County Extension. Refunds may take up to 30 days to process. Payment - We require full payment at time of reservation so be prepared with a credit card to complete this transaction. Refunds - Refunds will be made in the event of a class cancellation or if the registrant requests a refund 24 hours prior to the class time. Reservations - You must be 18 to make a reservation. If you are under 18 and want to attend a class you must register and attend with a parent or guardian.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.
When & Where
Marine - Pinellas County Extension
Pinellas County Extension's Marine Science program area is part of Florida Sea Grant, which uses academic research, education and extension to create a sustainable coastal economy and environment. We are a partnership between the Florida Board of Education, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Florida's citizens, industries, and governments.