Clearwater Marine Aquarium is honoring the life of one of our family members, Louise. Louise was a nurse shark who was estimated to be in her twenties. Her peaceful demeanor brought tranquility to our team and our guests. Watching her swim gracefully in Shark Pass and seeing her through the underwater windows were special moments for many visitors. She lived a very long, full life and she will be deeply missed by everyone.
A private collector took Louise from the wild as a young pup. After realizing she would outgrow her tank, the collector brought her to Clearwater Marine Aquarium in the late 1990s. Nurse sharks continue to grow regardless of how small or large their tanks are and Louise is an example of the importance of not keeping wild animals as pets.
Louise allowed guests the opportunity to learn more about her misunderstood species. Having been trained with target poles, guests were able to assist CMA’s animal care specialists in the guiding and feeding of Louise and her companion, Thelma. The guests who participated in and watched this experience walked away with a better understanding of these beautiful sharks.
It’s difficult for our team members, guests, and supporters to remember CMA without Louise, as she has been a member of our family for many years. We invite you to celebrate her long life and all the lives she touched with us. Louise will forever live in our hearts.