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Pelican Care Experience
During this 30 minute encounter you will get to assist animal care specialists while they care for our resident Pelican, Ricky who played the role of Rufus in Dolphin Tale! Learn all about Great white pelicans and get up close to experience the daily care we provide. Includes a souvenir photo.
  • Time - 10:15a - 10:45a
  • Ages min. - Child (ages 7-12) - Adult (13+)
  • Days Available - 7 days a week
  • Number of Participants - 4 per program
  • Cost - $75
  • Guest receives - photo

Pelican Care Experience - Adult ages (13+)
Price: $75.00
Adult (ages 13+)

Pelican Care Experience - Child (ages 7-12)
Price: $75.00
Child (ages 7-12)
 
Otter Care Experience
Have your photo taken with one of our resident otters! Includes the opportunity to feed an otter and a souvenir photo to take home.
  • Time - 10:50a - 11:05a
  • Ages min. - Child ages (7-12) - Adult ages (13+)
  • Days Available - 7 days a week
  • Number of Participants - 5 per program
  • Cost - $30 off peak / $45 peak - variable pricing
  • Guest receives - photo

Otter Care Experience - Adult (ages 13+)
From $30.00
Adult (ages 13+)

Otter Care Experience - Child ages (7-12)
From $30.00
Child (ages 7-12)
 
Feed Rufus, Star of Dolphin Tale

During this encounter, you will feed fish to our resident pelican, Ricky, who played the role of Rufus in Dolphin Tale 1 & 2. Each guest will receive a complimentary 4 x 6 photo of their experience.

Time: 1:50 p.m. daily (limited to 5 guests)

*All prices are subject to change without notice until paid in full. Seasonal rates, restrictions, and blackout dates may apply.
*CMA reserves the right to cancel programs due to unforeseen events such as weather, behavior, or medical challenges.


Feed Rufus- ages 7 +
From $30.00


Feed Rufus
 
Dolphin Care Experience

We want to warn you now, you may get a little wet! This program offers participants the opportunity to work side-by-side with one of CMA's Animal Care Specialists during training and feeding sessions with one of our resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. You will spend 15 minutes poolside learning about the anatomy, intelligence and beauty of these amazing animals. Your experience will be documented by our professional photographers where you will receive a complimentary photo and T-shirt commemorating your interaction!

Your program will begin with an introduction to a member of our Animal Care Specialist team, and Photo team. Prior to being poolside, participants will receive their exclusive animal program t-shirt, and safety information.

*If you are booking other programs on your date of visit at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, please make sure you allow 45 minutes from start to finish, to prevent schedule conflicts with any additional activities you are participating in.
*For the safety of our animals, all jewelry must be removed in order to participate.
*Minimum age to participate: 7 years +

Program is offered 5 days a week as follows:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Program is nonrefundable, however with a minimum of 24 hours advanced notice, changes are permitted based on availability by calling reservations at 727-441-1790 x 0.

Be sure to check your booking dates when selecting multiple programs.

*Tickets are only valid for the dates listed on your order
*CMA reserves the right to cancel programs due to unforeseen events such as weather, behavior, or medical challenges.


Dolphin Care Experience - Adult (ages 13 to 59)
From: $195.00
Dolphin Encounter

Dolphin Care Experience - Child (ages 7 to 12)
From: $195.00
Dolphin Encounter

Dolphin Care Experience - Senior (age 60+)
From: $195.00


Dolphin Encounter


 
Winter Trainer Assistant

Assist in the training of the most famous dolphin in the world! This powerful experience will allow you to understand exactly what it takes to care for the star of the blockbuster hit, Dolphin Tale.

Your experience may include cognitive behavior sessions to stimulate the thought process, choosing colors and toys for Winter, or prepare and clean Winter's prosthetic tail for one of her physical therapy sessions.

Duration: 30 minutes, which includes 15 minutes actively working with Winter and her Animal Care Specialist.
Age: 7 years +

T-shirt and one photo included with options to purchase a flash drive
Opportunities are for 3 people
All prices are subject to change without notice until paid in full. Seasonal rates, restrictions, and blackout dates may apply.

  • No two sessions will be the same
  • Opportunities to touch, get wet or feed are not guaranteed in your session
  • Refunds are only given if Winter is not participating in the session with the Animal Care Specialist

*CMA reserves the right to cancel programs due to unforeseen events such as weather, behavior, or medical challenges.

Price: (Includes General Admission)

Download Waiver Form Here


Winter Trainer Assist Adult (ages 13 to 59)
From: $449.00
Winter Trainer Assist

Winter Trainer Assist Child (Ages 7 - 12)
From: $449.00
Winter Trainer Assist

Winter Trainer Assist Senior (age 60+)
From: $449.00
Winter Trainer Assist

 
Shark Care Experience

In Shark Pass, you will meet Thelma and Louise, our resident nurse sharks, and all their friends who share the lower mangroves habitat. You will learn about shark species and travel behind the scenes to participate in food preparation for your interaction. Then, you will meet with staff and be directed to the shallow water platform, to be briefed on the basics of behavior modification and the importance of husbandry. You may assist staff with moving sharks to new locations and feeding them. This is a true encounter as you see and hear nurse sharks suck food into their mouths and feel the roughness of their skin!

With a minimum of 24 hours advance notice, changes are permitted based on availability by calling reservations at 727-441-1790 x 0.

Please review and complete this waiver form prior to your encounter.

Download Waiver Form

Total program time: 1 hour
Participant must be 8 years+
Maximum weight per participant: 250 lbs.
Participant will have to kneel or sit in small area, on a moving platform, for 15 to 20 mins.
Program includes a photo.

Be sure to check your booking dates when selecting multiple programs.

*Tickets are only valid for the dates listed on your order
*CMA reserves the right to cancel programs due to unforeseen events such as weather, behavior, or medical challenges.


Shark Care Experience - Individual ages 8+
From: $75.00
Shark Encounter

 
Trainer for a Day

Guests will shadow one of our program hosts to participate in a hands-on experience with the Animal Care Specialists and our animals through 3 hours of:

  • Food preparation
  • Animal enrichment
  • Exhibit maintenance
  • Record keeping

Participants will assist Animal Care Specialist staff members during one training and feeding session with our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, one training and feeding session with our North American river otters, and one training session with our Great white pelican. This program may be booked any day of the week and is limited to 3 participants.

*For the safety of our animals, all jewelry must be removed in order to participate.
*Minimum age to participate: 10 years +

Program is nonrefundable, however with a minimum of 24 hours advanced notice, changes are permitted based on availability by calling reservations at 727-441-1790 x 0.

Be sure to check your booking dates when selecting multiple programs.

*Tickets are only valid for the dates listed on your order
*CMA reserves the right to cancel programs due to unforeseen events such as weather, behavior, or medical challenges.


Trainer for a Day Adult (ages 13 to 59)
From: $325.00
Trainer for A Day

Trainer For a Day Child (ages 10 - 12)
From: $325.00
Trainer for a Day

Trainer For a Day Senior (age 60+)
From: $325.00
Trainer for a Day