In the past years many additional exhibits, animals, programs, and projects have become apart of the facility. Each of these helps the Aquarium succeed in entertaining, educating and inspiring stewardship about our natural environment.” The following timeline includes just a few of the educational opportunities The Florida Aquarium has added since its opening. In 2000 the No Bone Touch Tank is added. In 2001 a DolphinQuest boat allows visitors to learn more about the Tampa Bay. In 2003 Dive with the Sharks is created to allow visitors to swim in the shark tank. In 2004 an outdoor water zone for kids is added. In 2006 African Black-footed penguins are added. In 2011 new sharks are added. In 2014 the Carol and Barney Barnett Learning Center is opened. The learning center allows for hands-on educational experiences.
To learn more about the individual projects see the additional links provided.
The Clearwater Marine Science Center still exists as a non-profit today. It is now known as the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, but you may know it as home to Winter the dolphin. Both the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and The Florida Aquarium still have similar visions, but execute their goals in different ways. Where The Florida Aquarium is home to many animals and exhibits, the Clearwater facility is a hospital and rehabilitation center for sea life. They choose to protect our environment by sharing success stories and saving the animals. Their mission is that they believe in preserving our environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine life, environmental education, research and conservation. They started gaining publicity after they saved the life of a dolphin (Winter) with no tail. Their is an inspiring movie about the success story.