Report: Clearwater Marine Aquarium had 5 safety violations since 2010

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Clearwater, Florida -- Is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium unsafe for Winter the Dolphin?

The USDA has cited the aquarium five times since 2010 over problems that could potentially harm marine animals, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors reportedly found between September 2010 and June 2013: chipping paint and rust in the main dolphin pool, salinity levels that were too high for dolphins, storing fresh food on rusty shelves beneath a leaking cooling unit, failing to perform weekly coliform bacteria tests on pool water during three months in 2010, and rusted wire and chipped paint in the river otter exhibit.

The violations are considered "indirect," which means they weren't an immediate threat to an animal's life.

The Times report notes other nearby marine facilities did not have as many violations during the same time period, including none for SeaWorld in Orlando and none for the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.

Aquarium CEO David Yates tells the Times the facility has actually improved quite a bit in recent years, as the CMA has undergone more than $7 million in improvements.

Click here to read the full story from the Tampa Bay Times.

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