A number of weeks earlier, Doug and I took our two grandsons to the remodelled Clearwater Marine Fish tank (CMA).

Image Credit: Clearwater Marine AquariumWith five times the visitor area previously available at CMA, guests will now enjoy a new retail area; new Cantina with beer, wine and tapas; new cooking area featuring in your area sourced options; a boosted ticketing experience; and above water viewing of the dolphin habitats with Clearwater Bay as a background.

Kids flocked to them to come in person with the dolphins, the stars of the Aquarium.

Image Credit: Clearwater Marine AquariumThe pools are connected by gates that can be opened or closed for the dolphins to swim through, depending upon their requirements.

Future plans likewise consist of refurbishing much of the old center location as funds are raised– consisting of Winters old pool– along with the Dolphin Terrace, which Rex and Rudy– two rough-toothed dolphins– currently call home. The CMA eagerly anticipates utilizing that area as a rehabilitation center for manatees.

On October 16, 2020, the CMA will have a Grand Opening to reveal off its brand-new above-water watching locations and exciting new visitor experiences.

” We are so thrilled to unveil this beautiful brand-new area after 14 years of planning and discussions,” said CEO Frank Dame. “Each visitor that comes through our doors permits us the capability to rescue, rehab, release, and care for our non-releasable resident marine animals.” Dame continued, “With the additional capacity this gorgeous and customized environment affords us, we will be able to look after twice as many saved animals and offer them the very best care readily available.”

Back to our check out: We were all thrilled with the big new seeing windows that looked right into the pools.

On July 29, 2020, the Aquarium revealed its new 1.5 million-gallon Ruth and J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex habitat– part of an $80 million project– with a ribbon cutting. See CMAs video of that occasion.

Photo Credit: Clearwater Marine AquariumThe nine viewing windows into the 5 pools that make up the Ruth and J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex offer sweeping undersea views of all 5 bottlenose dolphin locals– Winter, Hope, PJ, Nicholas and Hemingway– consisting of the 40-foot broad by 14-foot high Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton Main Dolphin Pool and Observation Window.

The tour showed to be a great start to a terrific day.

We started with a boat sight-seeing trip of the Intracoastal Waterway and Clearwater Pass– between Clearwater Beach and Sand Key Park– looking for shorebirds, manatees, and obviously, wild dolphins, which can be seen quite often.

En route, our tourist guide explained the brand-new environment-friendly Winter the Dolphin Beach Club hotel, with its distinct blue-tinted windows and dolphin tail-shaped rock jetties.

Photo Credit: Clearwater Marine AquariumAnd coming in 2021– a new advanced theatre and ballroom that will feature a full catering kitchen area.

The Stone Dolphin Complex triples CMAs dolphin pool area, enabling for the care of additional rescued animals.

Kids arent the only ones who love the dolphins!

the How Do You Measure Up to Rufus (from the film) chart,.

Photo credit: Clearwater Marine AquariumWe personally couldnt tell them apart, but a cool electronic display let visitors press a button to introduce each dolphin. (We still could not tell them apart afterward, but maybe will be able on subsequent visits!).

Picture credit: Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

and shark …

The Aquarium also periodically has academic exhibitions for grownups and kids alike, such as learning more about microplastics and different water types.

pelican room,.

Other than for Winter that is. Winter season– the star of the popular Dolphin Tale films– has a distinctive tail, or lack thereof.

and aquarium.

If you have not seen the 2 movies, make certain you do as soon as possible. The very first film informs the captivating story of two-month-old Winter, whose tail was captured in a crab trap line and eventually needed to be cut off. A prosthetic human-limb maker– played by popular actor Morgan Freeman– through experimentation, produces the ideal prosthetic tail for Winter.

The new Ruth and J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex, the Aquarium has some old favorites– the otter exhibit,.

stingray touch tank,.

The Atlantis Theatre uses games that guests can participate in on the weekends and also plays a variety of instructional videos and documentaries.

And definitely not least, the CMA has a great present shop with clothes, precious jewelry, toys and more


The CMA is primarily a rescue facility, albeit very different now from what it looked like in the very first Dolphin Tale film!

Photo credit: Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

I highly advise it if you get an opportunity to do the behind-the-scenes trip.

and recovery tanks for turtles, dolphins, and other marine animals.

the kitchen area where all the fishy food is prepared for all the fish tank residents,.

For example, “Why hasnt Winter been released back to the wild?”.

Our trip guide Bryan addressed some questions that Ive had for a long period of time:.

Bryan explained that Winter was rescued at simply two months old and because of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA– pronounced “Noah”) guidelines, any dolphin that was saved under one year of age can not by law be returned to the wild because it has actually not yet discovered how to make it through. He told us a dolphin sticks with its mom from anywhere to three to seven years of age to learn these important survival abilities. To find out more, go to the NOAA site.

The four people were lucky adequate to score a behind-the-scenes trip of the real marine hospital space,.

We discovered a lot about the rescue efforts and the number of animals the Aquarium has saved over the years.

Why arent all the dolphins housed together?

The bottlenose dolphins are a different breed than the rough-toothed dolphins and while there may not be any issues mixing the 2 types, the Aquarium decided to be safe and not take the opportunity to mix them.

On what date were the dolphins moved to the brand-new pools?

Who were Ruth and J.O. Stone?

Nick & & Hemmingway were carried on July 21st. Winter, Hope and PJ were moved on July 24th.

Ruth and J.O. Stone are generous CMA donors and community philanthropists.

For how long do dolphins live?

Dolphins can measure up to 60 years in captivity, although the longest one at the CMA lived to 30 years. Winter season is now 16 years of ages. In the wild, their average life period is 15 years.

How much does it cost daily to feed all of the marine animals?

To care and feed all the animals at CMA– consisting of medical expenses– costs around $4,775.00 per day. (This is a big expense! To donate, click here.).

Will the old portion of the aquarium have any restorations done?

Yes, the CMA plans to renovate much of the old facility as they get the funds to do so (another reason to donate!)– including Winters old swimming pool and the Dolphin Terrace– to utilize that location as a rehabilitation facility for manatees.

When is the forecasted completion date?

The CMA is always renovating and upgrading the facility!

Do you have any awaited dates that some of the hands-on animal care experiences will resume? When our veterinarian team thinks it is safe for our guests and animals. To find out more about the animal care experiences, click here.

The number of volunteers and workers does the CMA have?

The CMA has approximately 250 active volunteers and around 200 workers.

How can one put their name on the Path Pavers on the walkway?

To learn more on engraving a Path Paver with your name or message, click here.

Why are there no swim-with-a-dolphin experiences in Clearwater?

Here are two videos we took that memorable day:.

Dolphin pools.

Stingray tank.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a working marine mammal hospital and academic facility.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is a 501( c)( 3) not-for-profit working marine rescue center devoted to inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, release and rehabilitation. CMA is house to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphins story of survival, after an injury that caused her to lose her tail, has actually impacted millions of people around the world. Major motion picture Dolphin Tale (2011) includes Winters story and its follow up Dolphin Tale 2 ( 2014) includes the fish story of Hope, a young resident dolphin of CMA. Through Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, CMA carries out important global research study focused on securing manatees, right whales and sea turtles. The mission and potential to change individualss lives differentiates Clearwater Marine Aquarium from any other aquarium in the world..

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Grand Opening of the Winter the Dolphin Beach Resort


Bryan discussed that Winter was saved at just 2 months old and because of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA– pronounced “Noah”) policies, any dolphin that was saved under one year of age can not by law be returned to the wild since it has actually not yet discovered how to make it through. He told us a dolphin stays with its mom from anywhere to 3 to 7 years of age to learn these essential survival skills. CMA is home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter season the dolphins story of survival, after an injury that triggered her to lose her tail, has actually impacted millions of people around the world. Significant movement picture Dolphin Tale (2011) features Winters story and its sequel Dolphin Tale 2 ( 2014) includes the unbelievable story of Hope, a young resident dolphin of CMA.