Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life.
Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter’s prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle – a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world. The real Winter, who plays herself in Dolphin Tale, today serves as a symbol of courage, perseverance and hope to millions of people – both able and disabled – who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.
Dolphin Tale was filmed on location in Florida, including Winter’s home at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, whose motto is ‘Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release’.
Access these fun activities to create your own conservation-themed campaign e-card to spread the message about Winter and other ocean-dwellers.
NB: Teachers’ Notes are also available, showing how these activities address aspects of the Literacy, ICT, Science, Art and Citizenship curricula1 at Key Stage 1 and 2.
In this changing world, it's harder than ever to find something extraordinary. But every once in a while, a symbol of hope breaks through.
It's ok, I'm not going to hurt you
And this time, her name...
- How long has she been here?
- I don't know
... is Winter
She hasn't moved since she go here
He just want to see how she's doing
She's not good, she's in pretty bad shape. She really seems to respond to you
We can't make her want to live - she's going to have to do that part on her own
It was too infected, my dad said it had to come off
How's she going to live if she can't swim?
There's got to be a solution
Can I ask you a weird question?
This is Dr McCarthy
Oh hi Doctor, what can I do for you?
I was under the impression that I was here to do something for you
I was afraid you'd say no.
You are going to school tomorrow and that is it. Period.
But Winter needs me.
When everyone else saw the impossible.
Trying to put a tail on a fish. Nobody in his right mind would even try it.
- Luckily, I'm not.
- Not what?
- In my right mind.
They saw a reason to risk it all.
That dolphin's taking us all somewhere. You can't give up on her.
(Music) You'll find your kiss goodnight...
It's going to be ok. We both are.
It means she likes you.
Well imagine my delight.
Wanna play? Bowling pin? You like the duck, right?
We're here because of the most amazing animal... and friend that I've ever known.
And I hope you love her as much as I do.