Dolphin with prosthetic tail gets ready for waves of publicity
Florida, United States – Winter, the dolphin, is the star and subject of the upcoming movie, “Dolphin Tale”, which stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Harry Connick Jr. Winter lost her tail when she was just three months old. She was caught in a blue crab trap off the coast of Florida and the blood supply to her tail was cut off by the rope. Contrary to what the doctors believed, she managed to live at the Cleanwater Marine Aquarium.
The doctors thought that she would slowly learn to swim without a tail. However, the problem was that swimming would require her to move sideways rather than the normal up-and-down movement and that would cause muscles to get overproduced. This would cause scoliosis, where the spine curves away from the middle or sideways.
It was then Kevin Carroll, vice president of prosthetics at Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, helped Winter by designing a special tail prosthetic for her. A prosthetic is an artificial substitute or replacement of a part of the body.
Winter’s popularity has reached to far off places in the last five years. Last month, in July, the attendance has boosted to 35,000 visitors for the aquarium, who are particularly interested in catching a glimpse of Winter. Once the film, “Dolphin Tale”, releases nationwide, even more people are expected to turn up. The aquarium’s bottom-line is getting increased and it has opened it seven days a week to let visitors see a real-life star of a Hollywood movie seven days a week. The film will definitely add to Winter’s growing popularity. However, this is bound to have an effect on her. One important thing that people will learn is how intelligent dolphins are.
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