Dolphins are air-breathing mammals, this means that about 99.9% of the time, when they surface to breathe, their dorsal fin is visible. For our photo-identification efforts, this makes capturing a photo of a fin relatively easy. Let’s consider, however, how one would identify bottlenose dolphins if a dorsal fin was not visible.
Different Sea Turtle DietsHave you ever been curious about what sea turtles eat? There are seven species of sea turtles in the world, five of which are found around Florida, and they all have different diets. The foods that they eat are determined by their species and... Read More
We spoke with CMA Research Institute’s Senior Research Scientist Monica Ross to find out how she became involved with manatee research and what she thinks we can do to protect these amazing marine animals. Interview with Monica Ross, Senior Research Scientist,... Read More
Wild Dolphin UpdatesThe Bromance of Bottlenose DolphinsHave you ever wanted to hang out with your best friend all the time? Many male bottlenose dolphins get to do this every day! These strong friendships or associations, known as pair bonds, are a common,... Read More
On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, part of Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s iconic house boat, home to Harry Connick Jr’s character in the Dolphin Tale movies, was transformed into a marine life habitat as part of an artificial reef system in the Gulf of Mexico.
Wild Dolphin Updates Dorsal Fin Use The dorsal fin helps us identify dolphins in our photo ID survey, but let’s think about how it functions to serve a dolphin. Balance The placement of the dorsal fin is thought to stabilize the dolphin in the water like a keel on a... Read More
Each year, Clearwater Marine Aquarium hosts a “Trash to Toys” competition to celebrate Earth Day and encourage recycling.
We have been gearing up for the arrival of new dolphin calves into our study area. We are excited to announce the birth of Bundle’s second calf!
This Manatee Appreciation Day we asked a member of the Rescue Team what they think about these amazing marine mammals and how we can all help protect them.
Wild Dolphin UpdatesDolphin Calves Then and NowAs we patiently wait for new dolphin calves to arrive this season, we wanted to reflect on some of the original calves we’ve observed to share their stories of then and now.JaiJai is the second identified animal in... Read More