Panama learning her new dorsal tow behavior.

Panama, CMA’s oldest resident dolphin and Winter’s surrogate mother, is in the beginning stages of learning her new dorsal tow behavior. Despite the newness, she has been progressing quickly!

Currently, Talia and Tiffany are working on this behavior with her in the hopes that one day we can have a deep water program with guests. They began by first working on her run. During this first phase, Panama was quickly guided from the wade to encounter platform by using a target pole. The target pole easily communicates to Panama the exact direction and speed at which we wish her to move. The next phase will be adding the sd, or hand signal. Eventually the end goal will be to give Panama the sd and she tows the guest and takes them on a ride around main pool and back!

Keep an eye out in the Winter Zone to see Panama’s progression!

When a young dolphin lost its tail in a fishing accident, an aquarium and prosthetics company teamed up to build her a new one. Jorge Ribas meets Winter the dolphin, who stars in the new movie about her rescue.

Fox 13, our Fox affiliate here in Tampa Bay recently interviewed Winter’s trainer Abby Stone on what it took to become a dolphin trainer, and more importantly, the path that led her to become Winter’s trainer here at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

A chat with Winter’s trainer:

Do you want to become a dolphin trainer? If so, tell us why in the comments section below.

We’re always on the lookout for new volunteers, so if you’d like to be a part of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium team visit the Volunteer section of our website by clicking here.

Immense, powerful and eternal – all words that have been used to describe the ocean. Yet in spite of its timeless beauty, most of us are starting to realize the ocean is actually a fragile place.

What’s the greatest threat facing the deep blue? Take your pick. Global fish populations are being depleted rapidly due to unsustainable fishing practices. Plastics end up as ocean debris in even the most pristine places.


Photo courtesy of  Project GreenBag

Big problems? Yes. Insurmountable? No. There are things everyone – including those of us that live nowhere near the ocean – can do to help. Buy sustainable seafood (there’s an app for that). Use less plastic (use reusable canvas bags). Support organizations that protect the ocean and the amazing life within it.

It’s true that here at Clearwater Marine Aquarium we think “ocean” every day. But as folks from across the globe come through our doors, we hear wonderful stories of things that ordinary people are doing to help the big blue. They adopt an ocean friend through one of our marine life adoption programs, make smart seafood choices or they find new ways to learn more about marine conservation.

What’s one of your favorite ways to help marine life and our oceans? What advice do you have for someone just getting started?