Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater Marine Aquarium® believes in preserving our environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine life; environmental education; research; and conservation. Clearwater Marine Aquarium® located outside of Tampa, Florida is a 501(c)(3) organization. The staff and volunteers work each day to rescue marine life and provide the most advanced and effective care to maximize the opportunity to return sick or injured animals to their homes. The animals that come to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium® arrive because they are suffering from an illness or severe injury. Sometimes if the injuries are so severe or the animal is too young, it would not be in the animal’s best interest to release it back into the wild. If the animal is determined to be unable to be released back into the wild, they become a permanent resident of the aquarium. They educate and inspire millions of people around the world through films like Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2 where after losing her tail, Winter the dolphin was able to survive with the care and prosthetic Clearwater Marine Aquarium® was able to provide. View the rescued dolphins Winter, PJ, Hope, Nick and Hemingway, from below the water through nine glass panels in the 1.5 million-gallon habitat. View the resident rescue animals including pelicans, turtles, sharks, otters, stingrays, sawtooth and bottlenose dolphins, and other aquatic animals. Observe the working animal hospital and learn about the rehabilitation efforts at Clearwater Marine Aquarium® to help marine life recover from injury or illness. Take an hour long eco-boat tour into the Clearwater Bay where you may see birds, dolphins, and other marine animals. Meet rescued animals up close with an animal encounter.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a proud member of the Florida Attractions Association, representing Florida’s finest family attractions.