Nov 9, 2021 - News

Beloved dolphin Winter is under the weather

An image of Winter the dolphin looking into the camera.

Winter the dolphin. Photo courtesy of Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Winter is sick.

The area's beloved dolphin with a prosthetic tail — made famous by the Pulitzer-nominated St. Petersburg Times story and the 2011 family film Dolphin Tale — is under close watch at Clearwater Marine Aquarium after the Animal Care Team noticed Winter acting strange last week.

  • Tests suggest the dolphin may be fighting a gastrointestinal infection, the aquarium announced Sunday.

Why it matters: Winter was found tangled in a crab trap in Mosquito Lagoon in 2005. She lost her tail but learned to use a prosthetic and has inspired visitors from around the world.


Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Tampa Bay.

More Tampa Bay stories