CLEARWATER, Fla. – On the morning of July 15, 2018, Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Rescue Hotline received a report of a clownfish swimming in the beach shallows at Fred Howard Park in Pinellas County, Florida. Clownfish are not indigenous to the Tampa Bay region and lack a primary food resource to survive. Also, clownfish could succumb to cold water temperatures found in the area. Because of these two factors, it was determined that the fish was not releasable and would go into quarantine at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Once cleared from quarantine by the veterinary staff at CMA, the rescued clownfish was able to join another clownfish that was donated to CMA once the collector could no longer care for it.
Today, you can see two clownfish, Tik & Tok, dancing around their well-tended habitat located in the water quality lab at CMA. They serve as a reminder for pet owners to be responsible and research the proper care and needs of all pets brought into their home.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for our rescued clownfish Tik and Tok! Their new festive enrichment is also viewable on their webcam. Tune in to see what they’re up to,” the Aquarium said on Twitter.
You can watch Tik and Tok live by visiting: https://www.cmaquarium.org/webcams/clownfish-cam/