CLEARWATER BEACH (FOX 13) – A beautiful art display along Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach is up just in time for the Republican National Convention. Thirty-eight hand painted fiberglass dolphins now line the pier. The city teamed up with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to make the project possible.

They hope the popularity of Winter the dolphin will help draw people to the installation during the upcoming convention.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to educate the public about being good environmental stewards and respecting oceans and the gulf that these beautiful creatures live in,” Linda O’Riley of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium said.

The dolphins will be on display through Sept. 4. After that, some will go on display at private businesses, while others will be auctioned off.

Proceeds will go to help protect and conserve wildlife.

Source: Fox Tampa Bay

A photo of Nicholas playing with his new device!

This past year, CMA’s training staff has been working closely with entrepreneurs Don and Cindy Lang, who create environmental enrichment devices for marine mammals. We received our first device from the Langs, a bubble machine for Winter, Panama, and Hope, at the beginning of this year. We are pleased to announce that our second device is finally here!

This device is for Nicholas, CMA’s only male dolphin. It works like the game “Simon Says”; the device is capable of playing different music note sequences, and each music note corresponds to a different light. The trainer plays a sequence and Nicholas has to repeat the sequence by using paddles in his water. Each paddle represents a different note, and when he gets the sequence correct, he is rewarded. The device is designed to tap into Nicholas’s cognitive and creative abilities. Come up to Dolphin Terrace at CMA to see it in action!

The news that an updated documentary about Winter the dolphin is being filmed came from a 13-year-old celebrity Thursday.

Cozi Zuehlsdorff, who played young Hazel in the movie Dolphin Tale and will help narrate the documentary, was the center of attention during the announcement at the Harborview Center downtown Thursday morning. More than 250 people lined up to take photos with her.

Read the rest of the Tampa Bay Times’ story here.

Join us on July 14th for Winter’s Reef Clean Up!