Featured Mommy Spot: Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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The Mommy Spot Tampa was recently invited out to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) , home of Winter, the star of the upcoming film Dolphin Tale 2. We were honored to be able to sit down with the CEO of the CMA, David Yates, for an in-depth overview of the mission behind the CMA and how Dolphin Tale 2 came into existence.

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Rescue. Rehab. Release. These are the three R’s that surround the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Rescuing the animal, rehabilitating it, and releasing it back into it’s wild habitat. The three “R”s are very present in the upcoming film as well.

 We believe in preserving our marine life and environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in Education, Research, Rescue, Rehabiliation, and Release –Mission of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Winter, the star of Dolphin Tale 2, was rescued on the beach because her tail was wrapped in a crab trap. CMA did have to remove her tail which is why she is now a permanent resident at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. She has inspired so many people all over the world with her use of a prosthetic tail which is how the first film, Dolphin Tale, was created.

Five years and one day after Winter was rescued,  another baby dolphin, Hope, was rescued and brought to CMA. Hope was separated from her mother at such a young age that she is also a permanent resident at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. And with Hope, Dolphin Tale 2 came into existence.


The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a great place to not only meet the stars of Dolphin Tale 2 (Hope & Winter), but it is an educational spot to see how different animals are rehabilitated before they are released to the wild. To have such a special place right in our backyard is even more of a reason to take the kids to experience a piece of history at CMA!

Dolphin Tale 2 will be in theaters on September 12th!

In the meantime you can check out Cozi Zuehlsdorff’s new music video for her single for Dolphin Tale 2, Brave Souls:

Disclosure: The Mommy Spot Tampa was provided complimentary entry into the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, but all opinions are our own.

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  1. […] is no more than an hour car ride away. • We can visit the famous dolphins Winter and Hope at the Clearwater Aquarium before getting some sun on Clearwater Beach. • On a whim, we can take normal afternoons and turn […]

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