It was a rainy Wednesday morning in January when I first toured the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. I was on hand to inspect the recent installation of a pair of our horizontal sand filters for the facility’s marine-mammal pool and see just how well the pool-filtration products were faring in this somewhat unusual (but not unheard of) application.
Located on Island Estates in Clearwater, Fla., the aquarium was bustling with activity from the moment the doors opened at 9 a.m. On this day, a group of pre-school children had arrived to see the aquarium’s newest dolphin, Presley, and his friend, Panama. The staff also explained to me that the aquarium, like other indoor attractions, is always busier when the rain falls. I joined right in with the crowd, fascinated by everything I was seeing.
My guide, the aquarium’s director of life support and marine facilities, Bill Meier, led me to the marine mammal pool – currently home to Presley and Panama but with the capacity to hold several more. This was the vessel on which my company, Pentair Pool Products of Sanford, N.C., had installed the sand filters. As I watched the children’s faces as they in turn watched the dolphins, I began to realize that we were involved in something truly special.