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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a unique facility. This non-profit working aquarium specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick or injured marine animals. All the animals at the aquarium are there because they were suffering from an illness or severe injury in the wild. A majority were and are found by local residents, fishermen, park rangers, or even visitors to the area.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Once the animal arrives, a team of experienced CMA staff biologists, veterinarians and volunteers create a rehabilitation plan for the animal specifically catering to its injury or illness. Sometimes the injuries are so severe, or the animal is so young, that it would not be in the animal's best interest to release it back into the wild. CMA works with agencies such as National Marine Fisheries and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to make these decisions. If the animal is unable to be released back into the wild it becomes a permanent member of the CMA family, and lives there to serve as an ambassador for their species to help CMA promote environmental conservation.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Dolphin Shows Our resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are ready to show off for you! Nicholas, Indy, Panama and Winter have very unique stories as to why they can no longer reside in the wild. They want to inspire all of you to help CMA spread environmental conservation and education to all!

We will give you one warning: YOU ARE IN A SPLASH ZONE! At CMA you are able to get closer to these amazing animals than anywhere else in the world! And they reside in 100% salt water brought directly from the Gulf of Mexico. Our dolphins deserve only the best, so our water quality is monitored daily to meet the highest standards.

Nicholas and Winter will show you the personalized medical care that they recieve on a daily basis. Panama and Indy will show you how intelligent bottlenose dolphins are by the complex behaviors they are learning. But one thing is for sure, they will all show you their grace, power and beauty by the amazing aerial behaviors we all love to see! We hope you find our dolphin shows informative, interactive and entertaining so we can all work together toward achieving environmental preservation for marine mammals around the world.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Turtle BayouTurtle Bayou is approximately 35,000 gallons, and is about ten feet deep. The front area of this tank was constructed with artificial rock and coral formations to mimic a natural environment. This area will usually house permanent resident turtles. The area in the back of the pool can be used as one large or two smaller pools for rehab turtles. This deep pool is great for rehab turtles when we are preparing them to be released back into the wild.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Westside TurtlesT-1, also known as the West End Turtle Tank, is a 30,000 gallon tank that is approximately six feet deep. This tank is divided into three sections and may be used for both permanent residents and rehab turtles. We can house multiple turtles in each section. However, the back section will be reserved for large rehab turtles. There is a platform for each section and a submersible platform which can be attached to any of the platforms for easy access to the turtles.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Turtles Yet AgainThe Upper Mangrove is a shallow pool which houses two of our permanent resident sea turtles. It is approximately 10,000 gallons with a shallow end that istwo feet deep and a deeper end which is five feet deep. This pool is ideal for the turtles residing in it because they both have special needs.

Stubby, a green sea turtle, lost both front flippers due to entanglement in monofilament fishing line. She also has a severe buoyancy problem which prohibits her from diving under water. This pool allows staff and volunteers to be able to get in and interact and feed Stubby.
Molly, a Kemp’s Ridley, lost her left front flipper to a shark attack. She was also missing her left rear flipper upon arriving here. Even though she prefers the deeper end of the pool, her difficulty swimming with the loss of her flippers prevents us from putting her in one of our deeper pools.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Stingray BeachStingray Beach lets you experience stingrays first hand, actually with your hands! Our touch tank offers you the chance to feel a ray and discover their surprisingly gentle nature. We clip off their barbs to ensure visitor safety while we dispel the bad reputation these creatures have been saddled with. Check out additional touch critters that share their tank. Our sea turtle nesting exhibit and video complete the beach experience.

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