If you have seen the movie Dolphin Tale, you may know the inspiring story of Winter. Found by a fisherman with rope wrapped around her body and especially tight around her tail, Winter was taken to Clearwater Marine Aquarium to try to save her.
This aquarium is a rescue, rehabilitation, and release (when safely possible) facility for marine life. Although they saved her life, she lost her tail and had to persevere against all odds to learn how to swim again. I recommend you check out the movie for the amazing story.
We had a great time going there with Petunia, her grandparents, and some good friends of ours who live in the area and met us there. We were so glad to get to see Winter in person, along with her friend Hope, the star of Dolphin Tale 2. Also spotted: river otters, which must be among the cutest animals ever; sea turtles, and sting rays which we got to pet!
I am happy we got to see this aquarium on our current journey. We spotted it 4 years ago (when attending the wedding of the friends we went with) but didn't go on that trip. It is worth a visit!
Winter and Hope invite you to come see them in Clearwater, Florida. If that's not in your immediate plans, check out their stories.