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Rescue, Rehab, and Release

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Rescue, Rehab, and Release

Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff and volunteers work each day to rescue marine life and provide the most advanced and effective care to maximize the opportunity to return these sick or injured animals to their homes.  For years, we have been doing just that!

Find out more about the current rehabilitation work we are doing and the success of our rehabbing animals and recent releases.  

Research
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a leader in marine mammal and environmental research throughout Florida.
 

  • Every year, CMA’s Stranding Team joins forces with U.S. Geological Survey and other supporting organizations to conduct manatee health assessments in Crystal River.
  • Our members work alongside veterinarians, researchers, and biologists to aid with the capture, medical assessment, tagging and release of these manatees. By conducting these assessments, we are able to promote research and conservation of this endangered species and their ecosystem.
  • Alongside fellow stranding organizations, our team recently assisted with the response, necropsy and research of a 32 foot, female sperm whale that stranded on Madeira Beach. 
  • The Stranding Team continues to contribute to the mark-recapture research study conducted by Dr. Ann Weaver and Mote Marine Laboratory by sharing photographs taken of stranded dolphins’ dorsal fins and flukes.

CMA has developed a Dorsal Fin ID program to identify and monitor the wild dolphins in the area to better understand their patterns, behaviors and any issues or challenges.

 

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