A Dolphin’s Tale Inspires Compassion and Strength

Two weeks ago we took Meggers to see Dolphin Tale, a movie about the discovery of a young dolphin caught in the ropes of a crab trap which would eventually lead to the loss of her tail and her incredible journey of learning to live without it.  Although some of the story was dramatized for Hollywood, it is mostly based on a true story and one that resided very close to where we call home.

Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, and the kids Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff will keep you captivated throughout the movie and you’ll soon find you have a special place in your heart for Winter and the people who work at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

My husband and I both found ourselves choked up at how Winter’s journey has inspired and connected with so many amputees and children with various disabilities.   I think we both silently related our own daughter’s struggle with epilepsy to the story and found it to be a heart warming tale of compassion and strength.

If you haven’t seen it we would definitely recommend it!

So my music pic for today is Safe by Westlife!

  Meg decided we should visit Winter the dolphin, so this past weekend took a drive down to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and we were quite excited to see the place packed with people.   We arrived just in time to see… well for Meghan to get on her daddy’s shoulders and see Winter and Panama’s show.

Winter happily displayed her tail and was playful with her trainers.

If you plan on visiting don’t worry if the show is packed out there’s plenty of time to get up close and personal with Winter, Panama, Hope Nicholas and all of the residents at Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

The trainer in these photo’s is called Cami and she was really sweet.  We told her how Meg had brought little Mrs. Scorcher, her class pet, with her and asked if she would take our camera and little Mrs. Scorcher to get a photo for us.

She did one better… she let Meg come over and get a picture with her and Panama.

She also let little Mrs. Scorcher wear Winter’s actual prosthetic tail.

If that wasn’t enough to make Meg smile from ear to ear, Cami shared a little secret with Meg…

  She told her if she went over to visit Hope in her tank and held up little Mrs. Scorcher in the window, she would come see her as she loves to look at things.

She was right…

Hope was curious and Meg was beyond excited to see her up close and personal.

We had such a fun day!

We decided to see if Winter might like to see Mrs. Scorcher too!

It was kind of funny really…

Here we think Winter catches sight of Mrs. Scorcher.

she seems to roll over to take a better look!

and then nonchalantly drifts over…


… and closer

… till she was hanging out right in front of us!

We really enjoyed our visit to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), they really do some great work over there.

A big thank you to the trainer Cami and an intern named Dana for taking the time to make our trip special!

We learned a little something about each of the animals that reside at CMA as well as a little bit about the ocean and wildlife in general.

Meg for example has decided she’s not a fan of Crab Traps!

However, our family is and forever will be fans of wildlife and people who spend their time trying to protect it!

If you would like to adopt one of CMA’s residents or make a contribution to help please visit www.seewinter.com.

13 thoughts on “A Dolphin’s Tale Inspires Compassion and Strength

  1. What a great experience for your daughter! I love dolphins, I always have. I am looking forward to seeing this movie and I really like that music video! 🙂


  2. I love when a movie inspires and this movie seems to do just that! Gosh, it seemed like you and your daughter had a great day. It is nice to see the movie didn’t ruin the folks at the place.


  3. Kirsty, more than the song, I LOVED your post. You brought tears to my eyes.
    What a most fabulous thing for the trainer to do for Meg, she clearly has an understanding for unique and loveable creatures. I know that Meg will remember this for the rest of her life – I will.
    Thanks for your adorable comment on my blog about Elvis. Have a wonderful week.


  4. I love your photos, Kirsty. You really got some great shots. I can see you all really enjoyed yourselves. The CMA is such a wonderful experience!

    The girls can’t wait to see the movie. I can’t wait to play that video for them. Thanks for sharing it!


  5. Love your photos thanks so much for sharing! Love your video/song it’s beautiful. Love its message. I’ve never heard it before, but what a great Post! You’ve out done yourself girlfriend. See you next week! I really enjoyed your Post.


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