Amputee Dolphin Prepares For Publicity Campaign
CLEARWATER BEACH, Florida ~ (Huffington Post) ~ Winter the dolphin was caught in a blue trap at the age of three months old and lost her tail in the process. Now doctors at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium are glad to report that she is swimming once more with a brand new and groundbreaking prosthesis.
The dolphin, who inspired and starred in the upcoming film Dolphin Tale starring Ashley Judd, lost the blood supply to her tail when she became entangled in a crab trap. Somehow, she managed to live without this vital appendage.
Doctors at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium thought that Winter would have to learn to swim without her tail, which they thought might cause scoliosis.
One of Winter’s trainers told The Huffington Post, “Without a tail, she swims side-to-side and that overproduces some muscles while underusing others.”
When informed of the situation, Kevin Carroll, vice president of Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics began designing a prosthetic tail for the dolphin. The organization previously constructed prosthetics for various animals including a duck, an ostrich and dogs.
The prosthesis was a success and Winter became a local celebrity. The attendance of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in July rocketed up from seven thousand to 35 thousand in five years.
The aquarium expects a surge of attendance following the release of Dolphin Tale and has prepared a publicity campaign designed around the film.
A premiere of the film is scheduled at the aquarium on September 21 along with many of the other stars of the film.
Photo Credit: Clearwater Marine Aquarium