Winter, the beloved star of the movie “Dolphin Tale,” died Wednesday in Florida, according to a statement from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
“Winter is well-known for her spirited antics, eager smile and pure love for her community, especially the animals on our animal care team,” said Mark Nelson, CEO of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, in a statement. “She was a leader in the training of the dolphin world and selflessly devoted her time and leadership to the children who came to learn and play with the dolphins.”
“Dolphin Tale” stars Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr. in the true story of Winter, the dolphin who lost an arm in a crab trap accident. In 2005, the dolphin was found dumped on a Florida beach and nursed back to health.
“Winter was an incredible ambassador for her species. Her wise words of wisdom helped us all gain a deeper understanding of her social customs, how she felt about her living environment and her desire to have and interact with other Dolphins. She’s certainly an important part of our marine animal family,” Nelson said.