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ANIMALS by KRISS on 12 december 2015

Last October, Tom was asking for movies and asked me to find Dolphin Tale, a movie I had never heard of.
We watched the first one and then the second one.
A beautiful story for the family of a young boy who finds a dolphin caught in a lobster trap by the beach near Clearwater in Florida.
The dolphin is rescued and given the name Winter.
Unfortunately for her she looses her tail and this greatly impacts the way she moves.
She starts moving like a shark, from left to right (instead of the normal up and down motion for a dolphin) and as a result risks to permanently damage her spine and die.

But the people from the rescue aquarium don’t see it that way and decide to hire a prosthetic specialist and make an artificial tail for Winter.
At the end she gets her tail and survives.
All of it is a true story.

Ok this is not the best reviews of the movie ever but this is not the purpose of the post so please forgive me.

Halfway through our adventures in Costa Rica we decided to get out of there and Florida was the only option for us because of our plane tickets.
When I heard about it, I immediately thought about Winter the dolphin and promised the family that we would take them to see Winter and Hope (another rescued dolphin who joins Winter in the second movie) in Clearwater.

And we did !

I am so happy and proud about that ! The kids were really excited to see the dolphins and the setting of the movie and Rose of course wanted to swim with her dolphin friend.
This didn’t happen quite this way.

After a first aborted try to go to clearwater (because of a flat tire on the highway near Palmetto), we finally headed back and made it this time.

Well, besides the fact that we got to see Winter and Hope and helped the aquarium with the entries, I must confess everyone was a bit disappointed.
The aquarium is a rescue aquarium designed to put animals back in shape to set them free again in the wild.
Winter is an exception because she needs her prosthetic tail and will never be set free again.
As a result she has to live in Clearwater in a rather small basin for a dolphin.
We thought about her and Hope living there for so many years and we were happy to see how well they are taken care of by the staff there.
There is a whole team that seem dedicated to entertain and take care of their well being.

Just be aware the place is not designed as zoo and you won’t get to see much.
The first purpose of the place is to take care of wounded animals.

After touring the small aquarium where you’ll see other sea turtles, sting rays, otters, sharks… you can take a free boat ride to the other place where part of the movies were shot.

That is one thing we can cross of the list, we have met celebrities ! And to anyone passing by Clearwater and Florida, don’t raise your hopes to high not to be disappointed but go and see Winter and Hope, you won’t regret it ! Oh, and don't forget to visit the girls blog for more photos of Winter and Hope !

CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM

CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM

CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM

CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM

CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM

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