Head a few miles north from Madeira Beach to the community of Clearwater Beach and visit the highly acclaimed Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This aquarium is home to numerous sea animals who have been rescued and need rehabilitatIon. The ultimate goal is to release them back into the wild, but many become permanent residents due to their injuries.
Among the full time residents here are two North American river otters, three dolphins and some sea turtles. There is also a small pool where you can get up close and personal with sting rays, starfish, and other small marine life.
Certainly the stars of the aquarium are Winter, Hope and Nickolas, three rescue bottlenose dolphins who are permanent residents of the aquarium, and best friends. The movie Dolphin Tale tells the heartwarming story of Winter, who lost her tail at a very young age after becoming entangled in a crab line.