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Dolphin Tale Winter Plush with Removable Tail Review

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Tawnya is a freelance writer and mom of a tiny gymnast. When it comes to buying gymnastics-related gear, I'm an industry pro.

Picture of movie prop setting in the water outside the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Picture of movie prop setting in the water outside the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

A Trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is Educational and Inspirational

Last month, I visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for the second time. My family and I love to visit aquariums on vacation and CMA is one of my absolute favorites. This year my daughter and nephew were so excited to see Winter. You see Winter isn't your average dolphin. Instead, Winter is an inspirational dolphin that has inspired hope in many people all over the world.

Winter's Story

Although not all the facts in Dolphin Tale are accurate, there is in fact no billionaire benefactor and Winter was found by a fishermen not a little boy, the story of how Winter became injured is absolutely true. When Winter was a calf, her tail became trapped in a crab trap. A fisherman noticed something wasn't right with the crab trap and worked to rescue Winter. The hours and days after that initial rescue were very difficult for Winter, but against all odds this little dolphin learned to live and thrive as a permanent resident of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida.

Winter Plush with Removable Tail

My daughter has souvenirs from aquariums from all over, but this year's souvenir was a bit different. We purchased the Winter plush from the gift shop. This plush is unique because Winter is wearing her prosthetic. Like most prosthetics, Winter's tail is removable. When the plush prosthetic is removed, it looks just like Winter without her tail. My daughter loves this plush and Winter's story. Whether you are a fan of Winter, the Dolphin Tale movie, or just love the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you will appreciate the Winter plush with removable tail.

Facts About Winter the Dolphin

  • It's estimated Winter the Dolphin was born October 5, 2005
  • Lives in a pool at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida
  • Famous for having a prosthetic tail
  • Found stuck in a crab trap in December 2005
  • Lives with Hope, a fellow rescued dolphin
  • It took 1 1/2 years to design Winter's prosthetic tail
  • Many children and adults with disabilities consider Winter an inspiration
  • Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2 were filmed at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and other locations in Pinellas County
  • Lessons learned from creating Winter's prosthetic tail have been applied to human amputees

Winter is an Inspiration to Humans and Adults with and without Disabilities

Check out my daughter explaining why her Dolphin Tale Winter Removable Tail plush is so important to her in the YouTube video below.

© 2014 Tawnya

What do you think about this special dolphin? Do you know someone that would love a Dolphin Tale gift? 

winterthedolphin on July 21, 2014:

Sorry I'm talking too much

winterthedolphin on July 21, 2014:

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I got the plush :)

winterthedolphin on July 19, 2014:

Never mind

winterthedolphin on July 11, 2014:

How do you change you profile pic

winterthedolphin on July 11, 2014:

Oh ya next week i am getting the same plush "Soooo exited"

winterthedolphin on July 11, 2014:

I am so sorry i don't have a google account so i can not sunscibe but i will like your posts here on squidoo <3

Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on July 06, 2014:

@winterthedolphin: Thanks, Winter! I'm sure we will love the new movie as much as the first.

winterthedolphin on July 06, 2014:

Very cute plush and I hope you like the second movie cause I'm sure I am

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