Nicholas the dolphin has been with Clearwater Marine Aquarium since he was only six months old! He got his name after being found on Christmas Eve in 2002. Today, Nicholas loves entertaining guests and solving puzzles!
Where to See
- Herring, capelin, mullet
- Rescue Date
- Gibsonton, FL
On December 24, 2002, a male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calf and his mother stranded near Gibsonton, Florida and were transported to the Florida Aquarium and then relocated to Clearwater Marine Aquarium for long-term medical care. In honor of their Christmas Eve arrival, we named the female dolphin Noelle and her calf, Nicholas. The 380-pound adult female, Noelle, had sustained third-degree burns around her dorsal fin and was believed to have a respiratory illness. Unfortunately, she passed away on December 27, 2002. Nicholas survived and received medical treatment for his burns. He eventually fully recovered but because he did not have his mother to teach him how to survive in the wild, he became a permanent resident at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where he lives today.
More about Nicholas
The 120-pound orphaned calf, Nicholas, lost 30 lbs. on arrival and was also suffering from second and third degree sunburns across 36% of his body. Nicholas was provided 24-hour care for several months to provide nutrition, antibiotics and wound care. Nicholas was estimated to be six months old and due to the fact that he was not fully weaned, a specific formula was produced to imitate his mother’s milk until he could be weaned onto whole fish. With the help of constant wound care management, Nicholas’ burns healed within nine months and care specialists were able to successfully teach Nicholas to present voluntary body examination layouts, blood draws and stretcher work.
Nicholas did not make a suitable candidate for release because of his dependent status at the time of his stranding and rehabilitation. He lacks the necessary survival skills, such as hunting and the skills to protect himself from predators, all of which he can only learn from his mother. Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calves associate with their mothers for several years and during that time they will learn all the necessary life skills needed to survive in the wild.
Nicholas has demonstrated an uncanny ability to predict the winner of multiple sporting events, including the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, World Series, and NCAA National Championships.
|2020||NBA Finals||LA Lakers||Miami Heat||LA Lakers|
|2020||Super Bowl||Kansas City Chiefs||San Francisco 49ers||Kansas City Chiefs|
|2020||College Football National Championship||Clemson||LSU||LSU|
|2019||World Series||Washington Nationals||Houston Astros||Washington Nationals|
|2019||Super Bowl||LA Rams||New England Patriots||New England Patriots|
|2019||College Football National Championship||Alabama||Clemson||Clemson|
|2018||Outback Bowl||Mississippi State||Iowa||Iowa|
|2018||World Series||LA Dodgers||Boston Red Sox||Boston Red Sox|
|2018||Super Bowl||New England Patriots||Philadelphia Eagles||Philadelphia Eagles|
|2018||College Football National Championship||Alabama||Georgia||Alabama|
|2017||World Series||Houston Astros||LA Dodgers||Houston Astros|
|2017||NBA Finals||Cleveland Cavaliers||Golden State Warriors||Golden State Warriors|
|2017||Stanley Cup||Pittsburgh Penguins||Nashville Predators||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|2017||NCAA Basketball Championship||North Carolina||Gonzaga||North Carolina|
|2017||Super Bowl||New England Patriots||Atlanta Falcons||New England Patriots|
|2017||College Football National Championship||Clemson||Alabama||Clemson|