Clearwater Marine Aquarium is sad to announce the passing of our beloved dolphin Panama. The University of Florida Aquatic Animal Health Division will conduct a necropsy in conjunction with CMA. Panama was our oldest dolphin with an age estimated in the mid-30’s, and as such, was in the latter years of her life.
Panama came to CMA from Gulf World in Panama City after stranding there on October 21, 2000. After receiving several months of rehabilitative care for anemia and severe sunburn, the National Marine Fisheries and Wildlife Service determined she would not be a successful candidate for release and so she was transferred to her new home at CMA on March 23, 2001.
For 12 years, Panama brought joy to heart of thousands of visitors to CMA and taught them the importance of marine wildlife conservation. When Winter came to CMA in 2005, Panama quickly adopted her as a surrogate daughter. Panama was believed to be deaf, and as such, worked with hearing impaired kids to inspire them to live successfully with their life challenge. In 2012, Panama met our youngest dolphin, Hope, and all three quickly bonded. Panama will always be remembered for her sweet nature and eagerness to play. We all have fond memories of Panama and will miss her greatly.
Please share with us your favorite memories of Panama.