Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) released one of our smallest rescues, Feta, a juvenile green sea turtle weighing only 1.8 pounds. Feta was rescued on Jan. 31, 2018, after being found floating off North Clearwater Beach.
Tortoises and turtle have become popular pets, but it is important to remember that many of these species are exotic wild animals that require special care and do not belong in local ecosystems where they are not natively found.
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 Aquarium (CMA) Rescue Team.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium released 29 green sea turtles at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, FL on January 25, 2018. All but one of these sea turtles stranded earlier this month during the cold snap that covered the U.S. and reached all the way down to Florida.