The Clearwater Marine Aquarium – CMA, is the home of famous film inspired dolphin, Winter. The aquarium is a unique facility, specializing in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick or injured marine animals. All the animals that come through the aquarium doors arrive because they were suffering from an illness or severe injury in the wild.

That was the case of Winter, a three months of age dolphin that found herself wrapped tightly in a crab trap line and was unable to escape. She was rescued from Mosquito Lagoon (near Cape Canaveral) and transported to CMA to begin a long rehabilitation. Unfortunately, Winter lost her entire tail as well as two vertebrae a result of the serious injuries that she had sustained.

You can visit Winter at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in beautiful Clearwater Beach, Florida! It is just a 90 minute drive from Paradise Palms towards Tampa.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is at 249 Windward Passage in Clearwater, FL. Open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $19.95 adults, $14.95 ages 3-12, $17.95 seniors. (727) 441-1790 – www.SeeWinter.com

 

Update

Due to the filming of the new movie Dolphin Tale 2, Clearwater Marine Aquarium will have blackout dates at the aquarium starting in October. The Dolphin Tale Adventure facility will remain open with several programs available including boat tours. Below is a list of upcoming 2012-2013 operating hours for the aquarium:

Closed October 1st through Nov 27
Open Nov 29, 30 and Dec 1
Closed Dec 2 through Dec 20th
Open Dec 21 through Jan 5th
Closed Jan 6th through Jan 17th

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