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12/20/2016 Member News

CMA to Release & Receive Sea Turtles in Same Day


CMA to Release & Receive Sea Turtles in Same Day

Media Combo Story

Clearwater, FL (December 20, 2016) – Media has a unique opportunity to film two major sea turtle activities in one day. In a one-of-a-kind day, Clearwater Marine Aquarium will release a fully rehabilitated rare Hawksbill sea turtle back into the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday from a CMA rescue boat (water release). The boat will leave at 9:15 am and media are invited on the boat. It will be an approximate one-hour trip. Later in the afternoon CMA will be receiving three Loggerhead sea turtles via a flight from the New England Aquarium due to recent cold weather in the northeast. Tampa airport location and exact time to be determined later today.

What: Sea turtle release
Where: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 37767
When: Wednesday, December 21. Arrive at 9am. Boat departs at 9:15am.

What: Sea turtle airport arrival
Where: TBD (likely Tampa or St. Pete airport)
When: Afternoon on Wednesday, December 21 (exact time and location will be available in the a.m.)

For further information contact David Yates at or 727.409.6282.

About Clearwater Marine Aquarium:
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working marine rescue center dedicated to inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation and release. CMA is home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival, after an injury that caused her to lose her tail, has impacted millions of people around the world. A major motion picture, Dolphin Tale, highlighted her life story in 2011. The sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, was released in September 2014 and features the incredible story of Hope, a young resident dolphin of CMA. The mission and potential to change people’s lives differentiates Clearwater Marine Aquarium from any other aquarium in the world.