Clearwater Marine Aquarium Getting Upgrade
Winter the dolphin’s winter home is getting a new look.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is breaking ground on a $50 million expansion that will create larger habitats for dolphins and more space to take in injured marine life, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Winter the Dolphin — made famous in the movie “Dolphin Tale” — will now live in a renovated home that includes a 400-spot garage, three times the educational space and 103,000 more square feet in overall guest space.
The new five-pool dolphin habitat will have underwater viewing and consist of 1.5 million gallons, more than double the size of what the dolphins have now in the 1970s-era building.
CEO David Yates said the aquarium is also exploring the possible use of adjacent waters in the Intracoastal for a natural habitat.