CMA Dolphin Story: Panama


Panama , just like Winter, loves that blue "bed" that Winter likes to rest in when she is not doing demonstrations.

Panama is the oldest dolphin resident at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. She is estimated to be in her late thirties to early forties. She was sent to Clearwater Marine Aquarium from Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City, FL in 2000. When she was rescued, she received rehabilitative care for anemia, sunburns, and infection. Although she would respond well to treatment, she did have worn down teeth and suffered from a very low stranding weight at the time of her stranding. She was also associated with” beggar” dolphins that would wait for people to feed them from their boats. And because of all this, Panama was declared “non-relesable” by both NOAA fisheries and the US National Marine Service. In 2007, it was discovered that Panama had become deaf after the trainers were seeing her no longer responding to whistle blows during sessions. Currently, Panama weights around 450 pounds and is Winter’s adopted mother.

In these days, Panama is a laid-back old lady who likes to check people out during the day and play with her toys at the Winter Zone. She is mainly used for guests interaction programs and does most of the physical acts in dolphin presentations.



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