Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
We are sorry to hear your experience was not ideal. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a working marine animal hospital. All of the residents at our facility were rescued and for medical reasons, were deemed non-releasable. Our goal for all rescued animals is rehabilitation and ultimately release. Although we recognize this limits of our facility, we strive to exceed industry standards for animal habitats, life support systems, and care while maximizing the experience and education of our guests. Additionally, we are looking to increase our capabilities by expanding our facility for our resident animals and for future rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
Although our ultimate goal of animal rescue is their release, it is important to remember we also provide a home to those rescued too young for release or who have a lifelong condition limiting their chance for survival in the open environment. Once an animal is placed in our resident care, it is our responsibility to ensure it is then taken care of medically and socially. Animal husbandry is designed to enhance our animals’ mental and physical health.