Winter, who has inspired people of all ages across the world, has been featured on numerous TV reports and news media. At only three months of age, she found herself wrapped tightly in a crab trap line and was unable to escape. She was rescued and transported to Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium to begin a long rehabilitation. Unfortunately, Winter lost her entire tail as well as two vertebrae a result of the serious injuries that she had sustained. Yet, despite the odds against survival, she has now completely healed, adapted to a new swim pattern, and learned to eat fish on her own.
A film developed by CMA, “Winter, The Dolphin that Could,” captures the magic of the human-animal bond, so detailing Winter’s rescue and rehabilitation, including never before seen footage of her fight to stay alive. The documentary also shows how Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics stepped up to make Winter a one-of-a-kind prosthetic tail. The gel created for the sleeve of her tail is hopefully going to help humans with prosthetics walk more comfortably (though I agree with NSCIA Columnist, Mike Ervin’s take on the inequities here).