CLEARWATER (CBSMiami/AP) – The tale of a dolphin’s real-life rescue, in which she was fitted with a prosthetic tail at an aquarium in Clearwater, was made into a movie in 2010. Now the sequel, “Dolphin Tale 2” is set to begin filming—and hopefully bring more revenue to the state.
Governor Rick Scott announced the production’s return to the Tampa Bay area Friday.
The first “Dolphin Tale” movie had more than 55 production days in 2010 and added $17 million in revenue to the state. After the film’s release, attendance at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium quadrupled to about 750,000 annual visitors last year.
“Dolphin Tale” was inspired by the real-life rescue and rehabilitation of Winter the dolphin. Winter drew international attention several years ago when she was fitted with a prosthetic tail. The sequel will focus on another dolphin calf named Hope that was rescued in 2010. Both Hope and Winter remain at Clearwater Marine Aquarium with an older dolphin named Panama.
“Dolphin Tale 2” is scheduled to hit theaters on Sept. 19, 2014.
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