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Please join Mote Marine to celebrate a lifetime of inspiration

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Swimming with sharks. Blazing trails for women in science. Inspiring new generations of ocean lovers. Founding a world-class marine laboratory. These are but a few of the many accomplishments of Dr. Eugenie Clark, who founded Mote Marine Laboratory in Southwest Florida.

In February, Dr. Clark — "Genie" to her many friends and colleagues and "The Shark Lady" to the world — died at age 92 surrounded by family and friends. Genie's career spanned nearly 75 years of groundbreaking marine research focused on sharks and other fishes. She was also a teacher and a writer and always willing to share her love of the underwater world with others.

On May 4 — her birthday — Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will host a special memorial for Mote's Shark Lady. Please join us this celebration of the life of a very special woman.

  • When: 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 4
  • Who: The public is welcome. RSVP is required.
  • Where: Mote Marine Laboratory's Sea Cinema, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Fla., 34236
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Read: More about her life and achievements

Remember: Share your thoughts, photos and memories of Dr. Clark by emailing Messages and photos will be shared with Dr. Clark's family and the public. If you send photos, please include caption information and any photo credits. Memorial: In lieu of flowers, you can honor Dr. Clark's life and legacy through the Dr. Eugenie Clark Memorial Research Endowment Fund at the Lab she founded online at