Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a working animal hospital.
You’ll see a number of rescued animals currently undergoing rehabilitation in our marine animal hospital. A majority of these animals are sea turtles. They may be suffering from various issues, including buoyancy disorders, cold stun symptoms, fibropapilloma tumors and boat strike or entanglement injuries. Our permanent resident animals also routinely receive medical care and treatments from the animal hospital. We have a full-time Vet and Vet Tech to assist all of our animal care teams.
Our sea turtle rehab center is one of only six facilities in Florida that treat sea turtles with the fibropapilloma virus in our ICU. This virus causes the growth of tumors that can be removed surgically with variable success for regrowth.
Learn more about our current animal hospital patients below, and see them in our surgical suite or ICU hallway on your next visit.
- 1600+ rescued sea turtles since 2010
- 2100+ Nests monitored since 2010
- 850+ Animals released since 2010
- 190K Volunteer Hours 2020-2021