Dolphin with prosthetic tail gets ready for waves of publicity

Dolphin with prosthetic tail gets ready for waves of publicity

Winter, a six-year-old dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida, lost her tail when she was three months and now uses a prosthetic tail made especially for her.

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.

An employee of the aquarium holding prosthetic tail especially made for Winter by Kevin Carroll

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.


Moye, D. (2011, August 20). Dolphin With Prosthetic Tail Gets Ready For Waves Of Publicity. Retrieved August 21, 2011, from


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4 Responses to Dolphin with prosthetic tail gets ready for waves of publicity

  1. Rosa WONG says:

    I think I heard some simular stories about putting artificial tail on dophine in Japan as well. That’s another really touching story 🙂 I like the way that they put video and photos to enhance their story; and there are also many real comments form the people, which I think is more engaging while reading throguh the article. I think a good piece of news really draws impacts. It can motivate people to do somthing they never think of before…becasue I really want to watch the movie and visit the aquirum now!

  2. That is unbelievable how new technologies benefits not only humans but also animals. Great pictures and the video is amazing! Mariana Stori z3388978

  3. 3360583 Lois says:

    nice report. new media bring an amazing teconolygies. views and photos are good.

  4. sporterspot says:

    Poor dolphin!! But recalcitrant dolphin!!!

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