Crist Says Goodbye to Winter the Dolphin

Ahead of her Celebration of Life at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium this coming weekend, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL) released the following statement honoring the passing of Clearwater's native daughter, Winter the Dolphin.

"Today I wish to commemorate the passing of Winter the Dolphin, celebrate her extraordinary life, and honor her home and family at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in my district.

"After being rescued from a crab trap in 2005, Winter lost her tail and had to adapt to life without it. But Winter didn’t just survive. She thrived. With a new prosthetic tail, her resilience inspired millions around the world – including many wounded and disabled veterans.

"Winter’s story became the inspiration for the movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. And over her life, Winter provided hope to all who met her, and brought awareness to the plight of marine mammals.

“Winter’s legacy is one of perseverance, courage, and environmental stewardship. She will be missed, she will be remembered, and she will be loved."

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