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

On October 19th, 1997, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) responded to a stranded mother and calf pair on Belleair Shores, Florida. The mother, Autumn, exhibited an external wound on her pectoral fin, likely a result from a rope injury. Her calf, Harvey, was estimated to be between 3-12 months old and healthy. However, due to his young age, he was transported with Autumn for rehabilitation at CMA. After about 6 months in rehabilitation, the animals were deemed releasable and were released on April 17th, 1998 on Clearwater Beach, Florida. In addition to freeze branding, Autumn was satellite tagged to track their movements after release. She was tracked for a total of 152 days, traveling off of the central west coast of Florida! Yet another success story thanks to the hard work and dedication of CMA’s Stranding Team.


Bottlenose dolphins call out the specific names of loved ones when they become separated, a study finds.

Other than humans, the dolphins are the only animals known to do this, according to the study, published in the latest Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The big difference with bottlenose dolphins is that these communications consist of whistles, not words.

Earlier research found that bottlenose dolphins name themselves, with dolphins having a “signature whistle” that encodes other information. It would be somewhat like a human shouting, “Hey everybody! I’m an adult healthy male named George, and I mean you no harm!”


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