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Clearwater Marine Aquarium opens multi-faceted dolphin exhibit

Dolphintopia explores the science of dolphins, but also uses art and interactive activities to highlight the animals’ connection with humans.
Children visit with Hope at her home at the Ruth and J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This facility has opened an immersive exhibit called Dolphintopia that explores the science of dolphins and also their connection to humans throughout history.
Children visit with Hope at her home at the Ruth and J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This facility has opened an immersive exhibit called Dolphintopia that explores the science of dolphins and also their connection to humans throughout history. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Jul. 6|Updated Jul. 6

CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has opened a new display called Dolphintopia, a multi-faceted immersive exhibition that explores the science of dolphins, and also their intimate connection with humans throughout history.

There are educational displays and even a dolphin skeleton available for close-up views. It also includes dolphin art displays and activities, with interactive exhibits “exploring our intangible bond with dolphins,” an aquarium announcement said. They have also set up colorful photo opportunities for the family.

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In addition to the celebration, guests can visit the aquarium’s resident dolphins in their habitats. The aquarium in downtown Clearwater is currently home to five bottlenose dolphins: PJ, Apollo, Nicholas, Hemingway and Hope, one of the stars of “Dolphin Tale 2.” In addition, there are two rough-toothed dolphins, Rex and Rudolph J, making seven dolphins total.

A dolphin skeleton is among the exhibits in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's newly opened Dolphintopia, a multi-faceted immersive exhibition.
A dolphin skeleton is among the exhibits in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's newly opened Dolphintopia, a multi-faceted immersive exhibition. [ Clearwater Marine Aquarium ]

The elements of this dolphin celebration will change throughout the summer offering, an aquarium announcement said. It is included with admission.

The aquarium is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with extended hours on the weekends. Admission is $35.96, $26.95 ages 3-12.

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through July 30, the aquarium is offering extended hours as part of Summer Glow, where guests can revel in island vibes, steel drum music and dolphins by the bay. You can also board a free boat tour during the Summer Glow hours of 4 to 8 p.m., included with admission.

An educational display is among the exhibits in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's newly opened Dolphintopia, an immersive exhibition that explores the science of dolphins and their intimate connection with humans throughout history.
An educational display is among the exhibits in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's newly opened Dolphintopia, an immersive exhibition that explores the science of dolphins and their intimate connection with humans throughout history. [ Clearwater Marine Aquarium ]

The Dolphintopia exhibit will be on display through the end of the year.

Guests who want an even closer look at these dolphins can purchase a VIP Dolphin Experience or Photo Moment Experience. Visitors can also explore Clearwater Bay and learn about the local dolphin population on the Dolphin and Wildlife Tour.

Admission tickets and VIP experiences can be purchased online at cmaquarium.org. 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. 727-441-1790.

A dolphin photo opportunity is among the exhibits in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's newly opened Dolphintopia, a multi-faceted immersive exhibition.
A dolphin photo opportunity is among the exhibits in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's newly opened Dolphintopia, a multi-faceted immersive exhibition. [ Clearwater Marine Aquarium ]
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