CLEARWATER (CBSMiami/AP) — ‘Winter’ the prosthetic-tailed dolphin star of the “Dolphin Tale” movies is feeling under the weather as she may be fighting a gastrointestinal infection, officials said.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium said in a news release on Sunday that staff members noticed on Nov. 1 that Winter was not eating and was acting abnormally. Initial bloodwork showed the possible infection.
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Update on Winter the Dolphin: last week members of our Animal Care Team noticed Winter wasn’t acting like her normal self and moved quickly to understand why. Initial tests suggest Winter may be fighting a gastrointestinal infection. Read more: https://t.co/luujAOzrz3 pic.twitter.com/vdNuWgFiy2
— Clearwater Aquarium (@CMAquarium) November 7, 2021
The aquarium’s care team is monitoring the 16-year-old dolphin’s condition around the clock, the news release said.
She is in the aquarium’s center pool, which does not have public underwater viewing. Visitors to the aquarium may see Winter from above the water on the third floor terrace.
“Her story of survival has inspired millions of people around the world, and she continues to show a strong, determined, and fighting spirit,” the news release said. “Our dedicated staff will continue to keep a close watch on her through this healing process and provide her with the highest quality of care.”READ MORE: COVID-19 Testing Sites In South Florida
Winter was just two months old when her tail became entangled in a crab trap near Cape Canaveral, on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
“Dolphin Tale,” which was released in 2011, chronicled Winter’s recovery and her journey using a prosthetic tail. Three years later, “Dolphin Tale 2” also starred Hope, another rescued Dolphin cared for by the Clearwater aquarium.
Aquarium officials said no other animals or marine life at the facility have shown signs of illness.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccination Sites In South Florida
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