True story of a dolphin tale

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true story of a dolphin tale

Dolphin Tale: A Tale of True Friendship by Emma Ryan

Based on the heartwarming 3-D movie premiering September 16, 2011!


When a dolphin named Winter loses her tail in a crab trap, it’s up to a young boy named Sawyer and the staff at Clearwater Marine Aquarium to help her survive against the odds. Sawyer is quiet at first, but his special connection with Winter soon brings him out of his shell. One day, after visiting his cousin at an army hospital, Sawyer gets an idea to have a doctor there make Winter a prosthetic tail. This proposal inspires the staff at the aquarium and fills Sawyer with the hope that Winter may one day swim again.
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DOLPHIN TALE: A Look Inside The Story

'Dolphin Tale 2' pulls from real events

It's not just a kid's movie, but a true family film for adults and children to enjoy together. I attended an advance screening and enjoyed it immensely. The movie is based on actual events. Picking up after the events of the first film, "Dolphin Tale 2" is about a brave dolphin named Winter, whose miraculous rescue and rehabilitation — thanks to the invention of a groundbreaking prosthetic tail — made her a symbol of perseverance to people around the world. Winter the dolphin lost her tail after being entangled in a crab trap. In turn, Winter helps save the aquarium—as people come from far and wide to see the courageous dolphin, enabling CMA to expand their mission to rescue, rehabilitate and when possible release injured animals.

The movie ends with Winter, the tail-less dolphin, helping save the struggling Florida aquarium that rescued her. In real-life, the story has not yet wrapped up so neatly. Even Hollywood fame could not provide Winter a pass on aquarium politics at a time when live marine animal exhibitions are facing intense public scrutiny. That was a misperception. Attendance at the west central Florida attraction soared after the release of the movie, from about , visitors in typical years prior to , since. The chance to watch Winter maneuver her amputated tail and exercise with a novel prosthetic tail lured the Main family of Galesburg, Illinois, in planning a Florida vacation. Yet other amenities remain outdated.

The injured dolphin washed up on the Florida shoreline in , barely alive and given slim chances of surviving. Its flesh had been torn open by a fishing net, inflicting injuries so severe that the animal had to have its tail amputated. The story of the animal's eventual survival provided the inspiration for a new movie out this weekend, the kid flick "Dolphin Tale," which critics have praised as sterling family entertainment and one of the year's best feel-good movies. The film is based on the story of a dolphin named Winter who lives at an aquarium here, and its convalescence at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium after after its near-fatal encounter with a crabbing net. The movie's script closely follows the same plot line. In "Dolphin Tale" the animal, just a few months old, is rescued by a young boy named Sawyer and an altruistic doctor who saves its life.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Tyskhydfalknis says:

    The news that an updated documentary about Winter the dolphin is being filmed came from a year-old celebrity Thursday.

  2. Beattie M. says:

    Dolphin Tale: Inspired by the Amazing True Story of Winter. Swimming free, a young dolphin was caught in a crab trap, rescued and transported to Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she was named Winter. Winter played herself in Dolphin Tale, together with Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd.

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