We can’t thank everyone enough for sharing all of your precious memories and outpouring of love for Panama. Our hope is to create a special Memorial Plaque in celebration of her life and to serve as a symbol of her spirit, the love she shared and the souls she touched. We hope that you will help us pay homage to her cherished spirit by making a contribution to her Memorial Plaque.

How to Contribute: When you purchase a limited edition large silver Panama Fluke Pendant (designed to resemble Panama’s fluke as pictured), a portion of the proceeds will go towards this commemorative plaque. The pendant will be engraved with “Panama 2013” and cost $50.

If you are interested, please email ebaker@cmaquarium.org with your name and contact information by Friday, October 11. Please share this with anyone you believe may be interested. Spread the love.


Posted in Animals, dolphins, Panama

Did you know that bottlenose dolphins send messages to one another in all sorts of different ways? They can squeak and whistle or even use body language – leaping as high as 20 feet in the air, snapping their jaws or slapping their tails on the surface of the water. (Pictured: Hope)

In honor of #WorldAnimalDay this Friday, support and celebrate these magnificent animals with a Symbolic Adoption! *With a symbolic adoption, your donation helps us care for our residents and provides for their medical care, food and environments.

Posted in Animals, dolphins

We have had a total of 231 Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nests this Season, 190 of these have hatched producing 14,256 hatchlings!

There’s still time to help protect these little guys, Adopt a Nest Today.

Posted in Turtles

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.

Posted in Animals, Panama