Dolphin Tale is the new movie based on the true story of a bottlenose dolphin named Winter. Winter was rescued off the Florida coast after she lost her tail in a crab trap and taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

A boy, his mother, a vet from the local marine hospital & a doctor all work together to  create a prosthetic to replace the dolphin’s missing tail & thereby save the dolphin’s life.  With a cast of Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr &  Morgan Freeman starring in the movie, you know that it will be a good movie. It opens on September 23rd.

So not only has Winter had a movie made about her, she is now credited with saving the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The film could bring millions of tourists and dollars to our little Gulf Coast community for many years. Clearwater plans to promote itself as the home of Winter, the dolphin from “Dolphin Tale”. How cool is that? Attendance at the aquarium has already risen.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is launching a $12.5 million expansion and opening a “Dolphin Tale” exhibit downtown. The rest of the community will certainly benefit from this-restaurants, hotels & the like.

To learn more & see photos go to: