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How Winter The Dolphin Inspires The World

This sea goddess from Clearwater, Florida is a movie star. But she still takes the time to wave a flipper to her fans.

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As a young orphan, she was rescued off Florida's east coast. A fisherman found her tangled in crab-pot lines and gravely injured.

seewinter.com / Via Clearwater Marine Aquarium

A SeaWorld rescue van carted baby Winter to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which used to be a sewage plant. The CMA was small, hardly like the mega-aquariums in Orlando, and lacking resources. But a vet and trainer worked tirelessly to save the calf.

Her tail had to be amputated — and against all odds, Winter survived.

Via seewinter.com

And thrived! She learned to swim with and without her prosthetic. Her trainers describe her as feisty and energetic. People call her the "bionic dolphin."

Because so many tourists visit her home (and buy stuffed Winter dolls there), the aquarium is working to build her a cooler pad.

Via Tampa Bay Times

And maybe even a entirely new aquarium, according to local news.

Awash in this attention, she still performs her regular shows.

View this video on YouTube

Like a boss.

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