Three Trapped Manatees Relocated from Oldsmar Retention Pond

Manatees Found After King Tides Flood Into Ponds On October 16, 2018, Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Rescue Team assisted Florida Fish & Wildlife (FWC) with the rescue and relocation of three manatees entrapped in a retention pond in Oldsmar, Florida. The...

Ruffles the Rescued Seahorse

Seahorse Found Washed up on Beach by Tourists Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) rescued a female lined seahorse, named Ruffles, after she was found washed up on Belleair Beach by a beachgoer. CMA suspects the rough waves following Hurricane Michael impacted the small...

Baby Sea Turtles Rescued From Swimming Pool

Meet the Pool Boys Clearwater Marine Aquarium is currently rehabilitating several baby loggerhead sea turtles. A number of these hatchlings, nicknamed “The Pool Boys,” were recently rescued after being discovered inside a swimming pool filter in Indian...

Injured Dolphin Named Babyface Spotted With Her Own Baby Calf

Do you remember Babyface? She was a dolphin that Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) observed in 2015 with deep propeller cuts on the peduncle near her tail. Babyface was recently spotted once again and this time with a calf! Babyface Survived Severe Injuries In June of...

How the Rescue Team Prepares for and Responds to Marine Life in Distress

Permit No. MA770191 CMA’s Rescue Team is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine life. Our team is composed of biologists, interns, and over 100 volunteers who care about the marine environment and the impact of human activity on marine life....

Little Abe the Otter’s Rescue Story

Three-Month-Old Otter Kit Found Alone in Commercial Area  On February 16, 2018, a young North American river otter kit, or baby otter, was found alone alongside a wall that separated a business property from the street. The business contacted Clearwater Marine...

Petunia the Rescued Baby Otter Kit

Petunia’s Rescue Story An otter kit (baby otter) was rescued Sunday evening, January 28, 2018, after a resident found the otter kit in their backyard. The resident removed the animal from the yard, placed it in a box, and then contacted the Clearwater Marine...