Winter the dolphin’s rescue was a defining moment for Clearwater Marine Aquarium, in many ways. Not only has she become an ambassador representing the remarkable rescue and rehab work done at CMA, but she has also inspired so many people – children and adults – who have suffered life-changing injury and illness and had to struggle, like Winter, to adapt.
Hope the dolphin was rescued 5 years and 1 day after Winter. Both Hope and Winter were found near the same site, and both were found at a similar age – just a couple of months old. After her rehabilitation, Hope was paired with Winter and they have become the best of friends.
Despite overwhelming odds against survival, Winter’s ability to adapt to her new physical form surpassed expectations. In the process of doing so, Winter’s story has inspired millions all over the world. Read more about Winter’s story.
Hope was found very close to the location where Winter was rescued, exactly 5 years and 1 day later. She was orphaned and brought to CMA for rehabilitation. Hope bonded with Winter and now they are very playful companions, inspiring people everywhere with their friendship. Read more about Hope’s rescue story.
Dolphin Tale was produced by Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment and released nationwide in theaters around the world on September 23, 2011. Winter played herself in Dolphin Tale, together with Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Nathan Gamble. CMA was closed to the public for three months while filming was underway; however, CMA remained a 24-hour working animal hospital during this time.
Read more about the Dolphin Tale movies.