CLEARWATER — Thanks to the international renown brought by two Dolphin Tale feature films based on their marine life rescue efforts, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is undergoing an $80 million expansion that includes a 300-seat movie theater.
And when that theater opens this summer, it will screen the world premiere of a documentary on the facility’s rescue efforts, an aquarium spokesperson told the Tampa Bay Times.
Titled Stranded: A Whale Rescue Tale, the movie details the aquarium’s 2019 rescue of five pilot whales stranded on a beach 14 miles south of its marine life hospital.
On Thursday, Earth Day, the aquarium released a trailer for the documentary.
Every decision “was made to ensure the health and safety of the whales, the staff working on them, and the community who came together to support their efforts,” reads an aquarium press release on the documentary. “Watch as a community of scientists, biologists and bystanders work to save the animals and gain information on why they stranded — a phenomenon that has been bewildering scientists for generations.”
The spokesperson said the documentary will be available on streaming services after the yet-to-be-announced premiere date and will also continue to screen at the aquarium’s theater.