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Clearwater Marine Aquarium - Clearwater, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado
N 27° 58.630 W 082° 49.168
17R E 321050 N 3096006
Quick Description: A "neighborhood" aquarium dedicated to animal care, research and public education.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 12/27/2008 6:00:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM5ECR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 22

Long Description:
Information taken from their website...
In 1972, a group of dedicated volunteers decided it was time to establish a permanent marine biology learning center in our area. The Sea-Orama, a mounted fish exhibit at Clearwater Marina, had been in storage for several years. Hoping for a larger exhibit, perhaps with live animals to observe, we were incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the name Clearwater Marine Science Center (CMSC). Soon a search for a site was underway for the prospective facility.

In 1978, the city of Clearwater agreed to donate our current facility, an abandoned water treatment plant, to CMSC. With its huge holding tanks and bayside location, the building was a perfect fit for a marine facility’s needs. In 1979, marine biologist Dennis Kellenberger was hired as CMSC’s Executive Director; his main duties were teaching classes and spearheading a massive remodeling effort. Summer camp classes for youngsters which are operated by the CMA Education Department have been extraordinarily popular here ever since.

Little by little, the cement and steel building was modified for aquarium purposes and in 1980 was granted a USDA Research Facility permit, allowing it to prepare two 65,000 gallon tanks for the rehabilitation of dolphins, whales and sea turtles. In 1981, the first exhibit room, featuring fish from the original Sea-Orama, was opened to the public. Over the next few years, thanks to individual and corporate donations and immense volunteer efforts, CMSC continued to grow. Many animals were cared for, and in 1984 an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin named “Sunset Sam” was rescued and given a permanent home at the center.

In the 1990’s, as renovations continued to provide more public area and education programs, our name was changed to Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) to reflect the increasing level of community interaction. Today, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an internationally respected center for animal care, public education and marine research. Yet, in spite of tremendous growth and a global presence, we also remain a “neighborhood” aquarium, a place where children and adults alike can visit anytime to wonder at the unending diversity, grace and beauty of the creatures of the sea. We invite everyone to visit often and soon to share in the environmental excellence and caring of our waters and marine life, no matter where you may live.
Physical address of aquarium: 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767

Website address: http://www.cmaquarium.org/cms/

Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 9:00-5:00 / Friday & Saturday 9:00-8:00 / Sunday 10:00-5:00

Admission cost: $11.00 adults / $7.50 (ages 3-12) / $9.00 (60+)

Visit Instructions:
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1. Take a photo of the front entrance with the public aquarium's name on it. Optional photos include pics of the exhibits inside the aquarium but of course, admission and/or entry is not required to log this waymark.
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