january 2018

wed17jan5:45 pmTide Talk: Feeding Biology of Sharks and Other Predators5:45 pm Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602

Florida Aquarium


Event Details

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

Dr. Motta’s research spans decades, from Hawaii to Mexico, studying feeding mechanics and behavior of sharks and bony fishes. His work is featured on Discovery television, Animal Planet, the BBC and the Daily Planet TV series. An author of over 100 scientific publications, his current research is on scales of the fastest shark, the mako. From whale sharks to king mackerel, he investigates bite force, strike speed, and how jaws and teeth work. He has taught in higher education for 36 years, and his talk will discuss feeding adaptations, function of teeth and jaws, bite force, how sharks capture prey, mako shark speed, and how his research may be applied to real-life problems.


(Wednesday) 5:45 pm


Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602