Date(s) - 01/17/2018
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Dr
Tampa, FL, 33602
EVENING TIDE TALKS PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO
Evening Tide Talks
Please join us for our lecture series, featuring world-class scientists and modern day marine adventurers. The Evening Tide Talks series at The Florida Aquarium is presented by Wells Fargo.
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Upcoming Tide Talk
“FEEDING BIOLOGY OF SHARKS AND OTHER PREDATORS”
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Reception begins at 5:45 p.m. / Featured presentation at 6:15 p.m.
Dr. Philip Motta, University of South Florida
Philip Motta is a Professor of Biology at the University of South Florida, Tampa. His research on sharks and bony fishes spans many decades and has carried him from Hawaii to Mexico, where he studies the feeding mechanics and behavior of fishes. He is the author of 105 scientific publications on fishes, and he has taught in higher education for 36 years. His research has been featured on Discovery Television, Animal Planet, the BBC and the Daily Planet TV series. His most current research is on the scales of the fastest swimming shark, the mako, and how their scales reduce drag during swimming. His research encompasses work from whale sharks to king mackerel, investigating how jaws and teeth work, bite force in sharks and bony fishes, and strike speed in toothy predators.
In his Evening Tide Talk, Dr. Motta will discuss the feeding adaptations of sharks, from jaws to teeth. He will also share information about the function and use of shark teeth and jaws, bite force and its importance to sharks and other bony fish predators, how sharks capture their prey (including work on the whale shark), shark scales and adaptations for fast swimming in mako sharks, and how this exciting research may be applied to real-life problems