Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) has launched our year-end campaign, BIG and SMALL, CMA Helps Them All!  For the remainder of 2017 we will share with you stories from throughout this year featuring some of the amazing animals we encountered and of course we cannot leave out a story of human inspiration.  These stories demonstrate CMA’s commitment and passion for all creatures, BIG and SMALL, and the accomplishments we have been able to make thanks to your support!  Without you, CMA couldn’t do what we do. Your contributions whether big or small allow CMA to continue our mission to care for all creatures, BIG and SMALL! 

Ellie, a Quadruple Amputee Inspired to Swim by Winter the Dolphin:

Earlier this year, two very special friends were reunited, Winter the Dolphin and Ellie. Ellie, a quadruple amputee and para-swimmer, and her family made their third trip from England to see Winter and her friends here at CMA. Ellie first came to meet Winter in 2013 after watching Dolphin Tale and discovering it was a true story. She felt an instant connection with Winter because just like Winter lost her tail when she was very young, Ellie lost her arms and legs after suffering a serious illness when she was just sixteen months old.

Ellie is now thirteen years old and doesn’t let the loss of her limbs discourage her. In fact, Winter’s story inspired Ellie to learn to swim despite her disability. Ellie says that if Winter can swim without her tail, then she can swim without her arms and legs.

Here at CMA, the animals we rescue and care for continue to impact many lives with their stories of strength and survival. Their ability to overcome monumental obstacles, no matter how BIG or SMALL, inspires the human spirit, just like Winter did for Ellie.

Make a tax-deductible donation help CMA continue our mission to care for marine animals and inspire people through sharing their stories. Please donate today!



Cheeto the Lucky Seahorse:

A seagull at the beach was flying with what looked like a Cheeto in its beak. The bird dropped it near a young girl who found it, and realized that Cheeto was a seahorse! The family placed Cheeto in a bucket and called CMA for help. Cheeto was placed in a quarantine habitat for observation and she was fed live shrimp as she recovered. The Cheeto Cam was launched so that people could learn about seahorses and watch Cheeto’s recovery. The live webcam received hundreds of thousands of views and Cheeto received a lot of fans! After three weeks of rehabilitation, Cheeto was released back into the Gulf.

Cheeto's rescue story is just one example of the BIG impact that something seemingly so small can have on so many people. Your support helps CMA continue our efforts to raise awareness and inspire people to help rescue and preserve marine life, no matter how big…or in this case, small!

$1,643 RAISED

$100,000 GOAL

53 37 2%
Days Left Believers Funded
Campaign ends 01/17/2018 at 12:59 PM (EST)