Clearwater Marine Aquarium, star of ‘Dolphin Tale’ Winter the Dolphin dies at 16

Clearwater Marine Aquarium, star of ‘Dolphin Tale’ Winter the Dolphin dies at 16


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The Clearwater Marine Aquarium announced that the Winter Dolphin died last night. The famous dolphin with a prosthetic tail, whose rescue was imagined in the movie Dolphin tale, passed away before undergoing surgery to treat persistent digestive problems. The 16-year-old dolphin has been in the care of the aquarium almost his entire life.

“It is with heavy hearts that the Clearwater Marine Aquarium announced tonight that the Winter Dolphin died around 8 p.m. as animal welfare experts from across the country worked to treat her digestive disorder. The CMA family was devastated,” the aquarium said. “While preparing for a procedure, the CMA Animal Care team noticed that winter’s behavior and vital signs were declining. The medical team tried several lifesaving efforts, but she died while being held by her caregivers.”

The dolphin disease was first reported earlier this week, and his condition quickly worsened. The aquarium plans to close it to focus on caring for the sick animal. It will remain closed Friday to allow staff to grieve.

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The Dolphin Complex offers guests views of the dolphin facilities and an elevated view of the surrounding natural coastlines surrounding the aquarium.

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“While we are saddened by Winter’s death, we are relieved to know that our team did their best to give her the best chance of survival. We have worked with specialists and marine mammal experts from across the country to provide her with the best care available,” veterinarian Dr. Shelley Marquardt said in a statement from the Aquarium. Fish “Our staff has been working around the clock during this challenging time.” “I am honored to work alongside such dedicated and talented professionals who did their best for the winter.”


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