In 2005 a baby dolphin was rescued off the Florida coast after being caught and injured in a crab trap. The folks at Clearwater Marine Aquarium managed to save her life, although unfortunately her tale had to be amputated. She was rehabilitated at the aquarium, but over time swimming without a tail began to cause damage to her spine. A prosthetic designer heard the story of Winter the tail-less Dolphin on the radio, and decided to see what he could do to help her.
Now a new movie Dolphin Tale, starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and Harry Connick Jr., tells the remarkable story of Winter and the humans who helped her. Here's the trailer:
Inspired by the remarkable true story of a courageous dolphin named Winter and the compassionate people who banded together to save her life.
Below is a news report about the prosthetic designer, Kevin Carroll, who designed the artificial tail, and a special gel liner he designed to fit the prosthesis onto the animal comfortably:
A local prosthetic designer will be played by Morgan Freeman in an upcoming movie based on a dolphin named Winter and an unusual effort to save her life.
In an extension to the tale, WintersGel, the gel liner Carrol designed is now being used by humans:
In 2005 a baby dolphin was rescued off the coast of Florida after being caught up in a crab trap. After the dolphin lost its tail, Prosthetists Dan Strzempka and Kevin Carroll collaborated to design a prosthetic tail that could protect the spine of Winter the Dolphin, who had learned to swim using a compensatory motion that could damage her spine.
Dolphin Tale opens across the USA on September 23rd, but the movie promotion site, GoFoBo, is offering free tickets to preview screenings on Monday September 19th at theaters in Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Portland, Providence, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Dan Diego, and Washington, DC. The theaters usually overbook tickets to assure a full house, so it's first come first serve, with seats usually filling up fast.
Here is a link to the film's official website: Dolphin Tale.