Sea turtle eating lettuce underwater


Winter Zone

The Winter Zone is home to resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, Winter and Hope. This was the filming area for Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. You can see Winter and Hope any time of the day when we are open. You can walk up to the stanchions by their pool for a viewing all day long! Go downstairs for an underwater view, where you might see Winter and Hope swimming by or coming up to the windows to say hello!

underwater viewing

Underwater Viewing

Make sure to visit Shipwreck Alley, the underwater viewing tunnel, where you can look into the Winter Zone and share the fascinating spectacle of Winter and Hope playing. It is the perfect location to get those great up-close pictures.

Mavis Rescue Hideaway Guests

Mavis's Rescue Hideaway

Named after the Dolphin Tale 2 character “Mavis,” a rescued, rehabilitated and released sea turtle, the new habitat was made to house the animal actor who played him, Harold. Currently, Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway is home to sea turtles, stingrays, redfish, hogfish and tarpon.

Daily Presentations:

11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm – Dive Presentations
(Additional presentations during seasonal dates.)

Presentation times are subject to change.

nicholas dolphin stranding deck

Stranding Deck

The stranding deck is currently home to our male resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, Nicholas. This area was built as a place to accept newly rescued animals for immediate care and quarantine from our resident animals. There are several state-of-the-art design elements that make these pools ideal places for caring for sick and injured dolphins and small whales. Nicholas is currently residing at the stranding deck as we work to expand the aquarium. This location also offers beautiful views of Clearwater Bay.

Daily Presentations:
9:30 am – Tail Talk (Seasonal Dates)
11:00 am – Dolphin Anatomy Game
11:30 am – Resident Dolphin Talk
12:00 pm – Rescue Demonstration
12:30 pm – Tail Talk
1:30 pm – Resident Dolphin Talk
2:00 pm – Dolphin Anatomy Game
3:30 pm – Resident Dolphin Talk
4:30 pm – Tail Talk

Presentation times are subject to change.

rufus pelican beach

Rufus Beach

Rufus Beach is now in our new aviary and home to our resident great white pelicans. Ricky, who played the part of “Rufus” in Dolphin Tale, can be found here along with three other pelicans, Skylar, Matthew and Tyndall. Viewing windows for the aviary can be found across from the main pool upstairs in the Winter Zone.

Daily Presentations:
2:30 pm – Pelican Talk (Tues., Thurs., Sun.)

Walle in Otter Oasis

Otter Oasis

Otter Oasis is home to our North American river otters: Walle and Cooper. Sand, water and toys create the perfect haven for these active residents. Even with physical limitations, our otters love their oasis.

Daily Presentations:
11:00 am – All About Otters
1:00  pm – All About Otters
3:00 pm – All About Otters

Presentation times are subject to change.

Turtle Bayou

Turtle Bayou

Turtle Bayou is a large pool on the second level of CMA and home to green sea turtle, Cocoa, and two Kemp’s ridley sea turtles named Max and Rob.

Daily Presentations:
12:00 pm – Sea Turtle Presentation

Presentation times are subject to change.

shark underwater

Shark Pass

Shark Pass gives you a whole different view of our current resident nurse sharks, Thelma and Louise. These bottom dwellers can grow to be 14 feet in length and can live up to 25 years or older. Look down into this large pool where these nurse sharks and other local marine fish eat and swim.

Daily Presentations:
2:30pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) – Shark Training

Presentation times are subject to change.

stingray beach

Stingray Beach

Stingray Beach is home to our cownose stingrays. This shallow pool gives you the opportunity to hand-feed our stingrays. During stingray presentations, you will learn the techniques to use if you should encounter a stingray in the wild. Stingray Beach also provides a replication of sea turtle nesting.

Daily Presentations:
10:00 am – Sea Turtle Presentation
10:30 am – Stingray Feeding
1:30 pm – Stingray Feeding
3:00 pm – Sea Turtle Presentation
3:30 pm – Stingray Feeding

Presentation times are subject to change.

Bailey in Turtle Cove

Turtle Cove

Turtle Cove is currently home to green sea turtle, Bailey. It consists of three pools that are deep and spacious, with plenty of room to submerge and swim freely. The cove is a great living space for resident turtles.

Daily Presentations:
10:30 am – Sea Turtle Presentation
4:00 pm – Sea Turtle Presentation

Presentation times are subject to change.

touch tanks in sea cavern

Sea Cavern

The home of our nurse sharks and wide variety of fish, Sea Cavern can help educate you on the many marine animals found in our local area as well as your impact on the environment. Touch tanks mean you can get up close and personal with local marine life, including sea urchins, sea stars and crabs. Get the opportunity to meet and even feed the puffer fish! Spot, a tessalata moray eel, can also be found inside the Sea Cavern. From this exciting cave, you can also look into the Shark Pass habitat to take a closer underwater look at Thelma and Louise, our resident nurse sharks.

Daily Presentations:

1:00 pm – Feed the Puffers
4:00 pm – Feed the Puffers

surgical suite

Surgical Suite

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a working animal hospital with veterinarian technicians on staff to care for all injured animals that come through our doors. At our Surgical Suite, you have the opportunity to witness the work of our medical professionals. Everything – from routine physicals of resident otters to emergency surgeries on injured sea turtles – takes place right here in our surgical suite.

While you are visiting Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway, don’t forget to view the Safe Harbor Surgical Suite, the former location for on-site animal care, now used as the Water Quality Lab and preserved as a movie set from Dolphin Tale.



In this round, air-conditioned theater, you can enjoy special screenings, events and exhibits seasonally. Make sure to stop by and see what fun is there to be had during your visit.

March 10 – April 8: Visit the theater for Reptilepalooza — a special live exhibit in the theater with rescued reptiles, including sulcata and red-footed tortoises. Rescue partner organizations will be joining us with snakes, alligators, and other cold-blooded creatures on select dates.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Map

CMA map


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