The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has more than just rescued dolphins. They also take in other injured animals from all over. You are greated by these white pelicans when you first come into the aquarium. They have a lot of character but the glare on the glass is a challenge.
After walking around for a while, we realized we could see them from the other side as well. They had moved over to the inside of the exhibit and I think I bonded over this one for a second.
Up close with some crabs.
You can also see stingrays up close.
All of the turtles here have some type of injury. The top one had lost his back flippers and the bottom one lost his front flippers. There are all types of injuries, most of them here are man made. Boat strikes, getting flippers tangled in fishing line or crab trap lines. The aquarium also rehabilitates a lot of turtles when red tide (algea bloom) is bad but any of those that recover are released.
I am glad the injured wildlife has a safe home and are taken good care of. Neat shots of the Pelicans, turtles and the stingrays. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend.
I love pelicans! So good that the poor unlucky critters are rescued.
The pelicans are gorgeous! Glad you could bond with one of them.
It’s so sad to see the critters and birds that are injured but what a great place for them to get help! I applaud these people that work to get them healthy again! Enjoy your week!