Hey guys! We recently visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and it’s a very cool place to visit especially if you’ve seen the movies based on the place and their most famous dolphin, Winter! The movies are Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. We went on Valentine’s day and it was a really neat experience.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium Florida

Winter was rescued near Cape Canaveral, Florida when she was only two months old, she got tangled in a crab trap line which cut off circulation to her tail. After getting untangled, she was taken to Clearwater Marine Aquarium for treatment of her extensive injuries. However, despite great efforts, her tail deteriorated and could not be saved and had to be amputated. Her story is unusual because most dolphins trapped in crab trap lines don’t survive. But, she completely recovered, adapted to her new way of swimming, and learned to eat fish on her own… about 12 pounds a day!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater, Florida

And, we can’t forget about Ricky, the great white pelican. He was one of the pelicans that played the part of “Rufus” in the Dolphin Tale movies. This wasn’t Ricky’s first acting job though; he was also in the movie You Don’t Mess With The Zohan with Adam Sandler.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater, Florida

They have rescued many animals and fish including… sea turtles, otters, stingrays, pelicans, and of course, dolphins!

You can visit Winter in Clearwater, Florida at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium or at seewinter.com, and be sure to watch my YouTube video about our visit here.

Xoxo, Emily Paige