CLEARWATER (CBSMiami/AP) – Panama, the adoptive mother of Winter, the star of the film Dolphin Tale, has died at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Panama was close to 40-years-old when she died Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The average lifespan for a dolphin in the wild is about 25 years.
Aquarium officials say Panama had gone a few days with poor appetite, sluggish behavior and abnormal blood tests.
The bottlenose dolphin was the first friend and tank mate of Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail.
Panama was deaf when she was found stranded on a Panama City beach in 2000. She was rescued and sent to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2001. She and Winter shared a tank until Winter’s”sister” named Hope arrived in December 2010.
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