Great American Clean UpThis year, CMA is hosting the annual Spring Coastal Clean-Up with the help of our friends at Keep Pinellas Beautiful and we need your help!  This amazing opportunity to contribute to our work in marine life preservation is taking place on St. Patrick’s Day – Saturday, March 17, 2012 – from 8:30am to 11:30am.  We will have themed refreshments, as well as clean-up supplies for all volunteers!  The only thing missing is YOU!  Come on out and take part in “Go Green with Winter & Friends!”  Meet us in the CMA parking lot near our ticket booths. There is no cost to participate, and for every bag of trash, your group will receive a free general admission pass to CMA to visit Winter and her other rescued pals.

Please feel free to contact us at ldellert@cmaquarium.org for more information, as well as RSVP your school group, scout group, or individual so we know to expect you!  Help us make this annual event a success and prevent marine life injuries, like those sustained by many of our resident animals.

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The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear them apart.

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The 2011 sea turtle nesting season has come to an end. The season started off with a bang. We had our first nest on May 5th which is pretty early for our area. We are not used to seeing our first nest until later in May. Also, early in the season we had a report of a turtle nesting on Indian Shores at around 11:30 am.

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Photos taken by some out of town visitors showed that it was a Kemp’s Ridley nesting in our area, which has not happened since 2002. About two weeks later the same Kemp’s Ridley showed up again to nest on Clearwater Beach. Kemp’s Ridleys are the most endangered species of sea turtle; one reason for this is their daytime nesting behavior. When I received a call at 4:30 pm about a nesting turtle on Belleair Shore on June 29th I hurried out there and expected to see our Kemp’s Ridley one more time. When I arrived, I was surprised to find a slightly confused Loggerhead that did not want to wait until the sun went down before laying her eggs. Then, after a great start to the season, nesting activity slowed down quite a bit and we ended up with 89 nests for the season.  Our first hatchlings emerged from their nest on May 30th and 86 babies made it to the water that night. The last nest hatched on October 4th with 95 babies making their way out to sea. We had a total of 5,974 hatchlings making it to the water with the help of many very hard working volunteers and interns. Thank you for all your help. I am already looking forward to next season.

There has never been a better time to visit Winter and Clearwater Beach! Book your stay with one of our Premium or Preferred Partner hotels or resorts to receive CMA tickets, discounted rates or special offers and you will be helping Winter too! Each accommodation provides a portion of the proceeds from your stay to CMA to help build Winter’s new home.

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Clearwater is not only home to Winter and her resident animal friends but also the most beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast, world-class accommodations, fun family-friendly activities and amazing sunsets. Come See Winter Today!