Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s (CMA) rescue team responds to sick, injured and deceased marine animals reported along the west coast of Florida in the Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando, Pasco, Citrus and Levy counties. The rescue and response team is composed of specially trained personnel, including staff biologists, interns and volunteers. CMA coordinates with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as collaborating with local marine life rescue organizations to provide a quick and efficient response to ensure the proper treatment and transportation of all distressed marine life. Our veterinarians, staff biologist, interns and volunteers work together to provide the utmost care, but you can also be a vital asset to our team by reporting an animal in distress, as well as supporting our rescue efforts through donations.
How to Report a Stranding
If you find a dolphin, whale, sea turtle or river otter in distress in the Tampa Bay area, immediately call CMA’s 24-hour Emergency Stranding Hotline at 727-441-1790 Ext.1. Please do not email or attempt to contact via social media; always call the hotline.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium reminds all patrons that the close interactions with, and feeding of, dolphins depicted on our website are legally permissible only because these animals are in human care under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Animal Welfare Act.
Attempting the same behavior in the wild is illegal under the MMPA (www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/laws/mmpa) and can result in serious harm to both humans and animals. Visit www.dolphinsmart.org to learn how to responsibly view dolphins in the wild or book a dolphin excursion with a recognized Dolphin SMART participant.