Mote Marine Laboratory's logo and actors playing Mote scientists will appear in the opening scenes of the next episode of "The Glades," an A&E scripted drama series.
During the episode, when an $80-million Florida state lottery winner is found murdered on a remote island in Islandia, his body is discovered by fictional coral researchers from Mote Marine Laboratory, which has its base of operations in Sarasota and a coral research nursery in the Florida Keys.
The episode will air at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, on A&E.
Mote's efforts are funded in part through sales of the Protect Our Reefs specialty Florida license plate, which supports coral research, education and outreach designed to conserve and protect Florida’s reef.
"The Glades" producers approached Mote about using its logo in the episode a few weeks ago, said Nadine Slimak, director of communications.
"The show's producers had heard of our lab, knew we were based in Florida and asked to use our logo in the show," Simak said. "They thought it would be great to feature a real marine research lab instead of a fictional one and we thought it would be a fun way to meet a new audience."
Mote coral research includes a staghorn coral nursery where corals are grown for replanting on depleted reefs and other coral restoration efforts, studies of how ocean acidification affects corals and other species and research on the microbiological makeup of corals. Efforts are funded in part through sales of the Protect Our Reefs specialty Florida license plate, which supports coral research, education and outreach designed to conserve and protect Florida's reef.
This won't be the first time Mote has appeared on TV, books or movies. Mote's logo appeared in "Two Weeks Notice" with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant; a book written by Mote scientist, Jos Castro called "The Sharks of North American Waters" is being read by Gwyneth Paltrow in the opening scene of the movie "The Royal Tennenbaums" and Mote's sturgeon expert, Jim Michaels, provided guidance on caviar to mystery novelist Randy Wayne White for his latest Doc Ford thriller, "Chasing Midnight," earning Michaels a nod in the acknowledgments and a cameo in the book.