Clearwater Marine Aquarium will launch an all new series, “Echoes of the Ocean: A Marine Life Speaker Series,” with its first presentation, “The Journey of the Rice’s Whale,” on March 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. at CMA. The series will reflect national research as well as research specific to CMA on marine life, while including its ongoing mission of rescue, rehabilitation and release.
This week, Clearwater Marine Aquarium released 11 cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles back into the Atlantic Ocean near the Cape Canaveral area, after they were rehabilitated for two months at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Gypsum is a subadult green sea turtle who was found lethargic near south Anclote in Pinellas county on February 7. Gypsum has a large amount of epibiota (algae and barnacles) on their carapace (shell) and head, which means they have been debilitated for quite some time. Gypsum is also missing their right front flipper, but it is completely healed and unrelated to their cause for stranding.
Today, Clearwater Marine Aquarium announced a multi-year plan of expansion that will forge a path toward a future where the harmony between humanity and the oceans is not just a vision, but a reality. Titled ‘Rising Tides: Safeguarding Marine Life for the Future,’ the comprehensive forward-looking campaign encompasses strategies to welcome new wildlife, create habitats, and launch global conservation efforts.
Beryl is a juvenile green sea turtle who was found washed ashore in Flagler county on Jan. 24. Beryl was transferred to CMA from Whitney Lab on Jan. 25 due to space limitations they were experiencing with recent strandings. Beryl has a relatively good body condition and minor fibropapilloma tumors present.
Citrine is a juvenile green sea turtle who was found washed ashore in Flagler county on Jan. 24. Citrine was transferred to CMA from Whitney Lab on Jan. 25 due to space limitations they were experiencing with recent strandings. Citrine has a heavy load of barnacles on their carapace, thin body condition, and a moderate load of fibropapilloma tumors.
Aquamarine is a juvenile, green sea turtle who was found floating near Honeymoon Island on Jan. 21. Aquamarine experienced acute hypothermia due to our local cold weather, and their body temperature was back to normal values the next day! We are hopeful for a quick recovery!
Pumpernickel is a subadult green sea turtle who was found floating near Indian Rocks on Jan. 17. It was reported that they had trouble staying submerged. Pumpernickel does have a previous injury to their caudal carapace (shell) that is completely healed. They had a large amount of epibiota (algae and barnacles) just on this portion of their carapace which tells us they have been buoyant for some time. Over the next few weeks, we will be performing diagnostics to better assess the cause of their buoyancy.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium will present a jazz-filled celebration at Jazz by the Bay, Saturday, Feb. 17 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Honoring New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, and embracing Mardi Gras vibes, this 21-and-over event promises live music, themed decor, and an oceanic backdrop for a night of dancing, indulging in New Orleans-inspired bites, and crafted cocktails for a soulful blend of jazz and marine magic.