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Aquarium home of Winter the dolphin gets upgrade

Posted at 7:57 AM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 07:57:00-04

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is breaking ground on a $50 million expansion that will create larger habitats for dolphins and more space to take in injured marine life.

The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/2cRNuTw) reports the home of Winter the Dolphin - made famous in the movie "Dolphin Tale" - will receive a facelift that includes a 400-spot garage, three times the educational space and 103,000 more square feet in overall guest space.

The new five-pool dolphin habitat will have underwater viewing and be 1.5 million gallons, more than double the size of what the dolphins have now in the 1970s-era building.

CEO David Yates said the aquarium is also exploring the possible use of adjacent waters in the Intracoastal for a natural habitat.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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