Located just 17 miles from Treasure Bay Hotel and Marina is something miraculous and inspiring. A dolphin named Winter is the newest celebrity at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and people are coming from all around to take part in her journey to recovery. A new Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment film “Dolphin Tale” is hitting the theaters September 23, 2011 to allow all of America to witness this amazing animal.
The story begins when Winter was only three months old and was caught in a crab trap unable to break free. Winter was rescued near Cape Canaveral and was brought to Clearwater Marine Aquarium for rehabilitation. The crab trap did significant damage, and Winter’s tail and several vertebrates were lost. The hope of a full recovery was forgotten until Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics and Dr. Mike Walsh created the first prosthetic tail for a dolphin.
Winter is gaining strength each day and learning how to adapt to a new swim pattern with her prosthetic tail. While you are staying with us at the Treasure Bay Hotel and Marina, visit Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium located just 30 minutes away! You will not only see exhibits like Winter’s World, but Turtle Lagoon, Shipwreck Alley, Brighthouse Atlantis Theater, Stingray Beach, Otter Oasis, Shark Pass, and more! The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a must-see for those visiting the Tampa Bay area for the first time.
Don’t forget to see the movie that captures Winter’s heart-warming story, “Dolphin Tale,” coming to theaters September 23, 2011 featuring top actors like Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman.