AGE RESTRICTIONS: None.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium's marine life stranding response team is one of the nation's most successful. Many of the sick or injured animals rescued are released after rehabilitation, but some become permanent CMA residents, due to the extent of their injuries. Residents include dolphins, sea turtles and river otters.
Sea Life Safari Eco Tour: One of the most popular things to do at CMA. Hop onboard the Sea Life Safari for a two hour trip into beautiful waters. Look for dolphins, sea birds and other marine life as staff narrate the scenic ride to a shell island. Witness data collection in action as you perform a net pull and pass around sea critters before releasing them back to the bay. A hands on experience unlike any other cruise.
Daily at 11am and 1.30pm
Adults $22.95. Seniors (60+) $19.95. Child (3-12) $14.95.
Space is limited to 30 participants per trip. Reservations are required, but walk-ins available if not full. Telephone: (727) 441-1790 for reservations.
Dolphin Shows: The resident bottlenose dolphins want to share their stories of why they can no longer reside in the wild. They reside in 100% salt water brought directly from the Gulf of Mexico.
You will get to see what personal medical care the dolphins receive on a daily basis and also just how intelligent bottlenose dolphins are by the complex behaviours they are learning. Watch as they show you their grace, power and beauty.
Photo opportunities: Want to take home a lasting memory of your visit to CMA? Have your photo taken with one of the resident dolphins. You can pose poolside while a family member or CMA staff member takes that perfect shot.
Offered every day following the dolphin shows. Limited to 4 or 5 participants per session so make your reservation early. $20 per person. Telephone: (727) 441-1790 for reservations.
Dolphin Encounter: This 30 minute program offers participants the opportunity to work side by side with a trainer during training and feeding sessions with a bottlenose dolphin. You will start with a 15 minute tour behind the scenes of the aquarium. Then, you will have 15 minutes poolside with the dolphin. You may get wet!
Offered daily at 12.30pm by reservation only. Limited to 2 guests per day. Must be at least 7 years old to enrol. $85 per person.
Trainer for the Day: Shadow the professional trainers through 3 hours of food preparation, animal enrichment, exhibit maintenance and record keeping. You will assist the trainers poolside through two training and feeding sessions with the dolphins and one training and feeding session with the river otters.
Limited to 2 guests per day. Only available on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Reservations are required and participants must be at least 12 years of age, be able to climb stairs and lift 15 pounds. $200 per person.
Behind the Scenes Tour: Explore the marine hospital and have a hands on experience as you go behind the scenes of the Rescue, Rehab & Release area. You will be guided through areas the general public does not see including the animal food prep area, vetinary lab, surgical suits, animal touch tank. You will then get VIP seating at the dolphin show.
Limited to 10 participants per session. Reservations are required. Adults $35.95, seniors $18.95 and child aged 5-12 $17.50. To book the tour and for further information call 727-441-1790 ext 223.