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Monday, 13 July 2009 11:51

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Dolphin Winter Stars in Tribeca Film Festival Documentary 2009

Written by  Angela LeMay
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Winter the Dolphin with a CMA VolunteerEnmeshed in our own daily challenges, it’s easy to overlook the valuable lessons in survival that nature still has to offer our societal and technical advancements. “Winter, The Dolphin That Could”, is an inspiring film of a dolphin that was rescued from the near death of being entangled in a crab trap off Cape Canaveral. The recounting of this true story reminds us of the amazing miracles that abound from the shear will to survive - against all odds - and a little help from our friends.

After her tail fell off, “Winter” was not expected to survive, but with the rehabilitation efforts of The Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), triumphantly, she relearned how to swim and received a prosthetic tail. Her incredible story has inspired many and the prosthetics in her tail has lead to a new technology that has helped humans too.

Our friends at CMA will be showing their film, “Winter, The Dolphin That Could” at their Bright House Atlantis Theatre eight times daily at the top of the hour.

The film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, one of the top film festivals in the world, and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder, Craig Hatkoff has written a book with his daughters, Juliana and Isabella, Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again.

The book will be available in October. Currently, aside from the screenings at the CMA, the documentary is on sale exclusively at, but will soon be available nationwide.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium has just been named the non-profit organization of the year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The CMA is dedicated to marine life rescue, rehabilitation and release, and environmental education. The CMA is located on Clearwater Beach and is open from 9-5, Mondays through Thursdays, 9-7 on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10-5 on Sundays.

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