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No stranger to having cameras around, the now-famous facility will get more screen time about another rescue.

This time, instead of dolphins, Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s participation in the film is of a larger sea creature. In 2019, there were five pilot whales that became stranded near Redington Beach. The aquarium stepped in to rescue three immediately and rehabilitate the two others at one of their facilities.

It took professionals from Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Florida Wildlife Commission and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department, plus a slew of volunteers. The three that were well enough to release immediately were taken on boats to deeper waters. The two whales that were brought back to be examined were eventually released back in the gulf, about 20 miles off the coast. The story of the rescue is told in a new documentary, which is expected to be released sometime this year.

You can still visit your favorite friends at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, including Winter and Hope.

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