Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mote Marine Laboratory

I recently had the amazing privilege of meeting up with my friend, Jodi Kendall, to go behind the scenes at Mote Marine Laboratory on Longboat Key, which is a little island off the coast of Sarasota. I met Jodi several years ago at the Society of Children's Books Writers & Illustrators conference in LA. She is a writer and has worked for many prestigious clients, including National Geographic.

I learned a lot of things on our excursion through the laboratory. We were escorted through a turtle rehabilitation center to see how injured turtles are cared for (we got to pet a turtle which is never allowed normally), learned about a tracking device called an accelerometer, which records movements similarly to how an iphone will rotate screen orientation when it's turned, and we also spoke with the dolphin trainers. They introduced us to Harley and Moonshine, two spinner dolphins that are really quite amazing:

And FINALLY I got to meet a Manatee!

I took a lot of pictures and decided to paint some of my sketches. Here's a look at the marine life I saw that day. The ocean is full of wonder!


jodi said...

KATY!!! Your sketches are INCREDIBLE! I absolutely love them. Glad that you found our excursion inspiring :) Can't wait for our next adventure! xoxo

Alice Young said...