Dolphin Tale Flips for Families

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida. It was a rainy afternoon and just across the bay from the Sandpearl Resort where we were staying. Going in to the aquarium, I knew nothing about what we would find. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

It was not the fanciest aquarium I have visited. But, it had the things that I would expect and a few that I wouldn????????t expect. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium began its life as a marine hospital taking care of marine animals that needed attention and then returned to the wild if at all possible.

One of the surprises that we discovered was the dolphin, Winter. Winter is unique because she lost her tail due to being entangled in a crab trap in the gulf waters just off of the Clearwater coast. The second part of this surprise is that there was a movie going to come out with Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr. called Dolphin Tale.

That brings us to the movie, Dolphin Tale which opened in theatres a couple of weeks ago. I attended the movie partly because I was there and partly because my wife was going with her nephews. The move provided some background on how the dolphin got to the aquarium and the process to figure out how to help Winter swim with a prosthetic tail fin.

Dolphin Tale is definitely a ??????feel good?????? movie for families. However, there are two messages that I took away from the movie. The first is that you need to open up your mind and you can find a way to accomplish a seemingly impossible task. The second is that there are many avenues to gain an education. One is books and a classroom. Another is ??????doing.?????? Can these two methods coincide? That would be something for each of us to figure out.

If you get a chance, take a couple of hours and see Dolphin Tale. It is a great family movie and there are not too many of those around anymore.

Visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on the web at


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