Winter the Dolphin, star of the Dolphin Tale movies, dies at Florida Aquarium | US News

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A dolphin with a prosthetic tail, who became the star of their own movies, has died in an aquarium in Florida.

Winter said the female bottlenose dolphins in the arms of handlers at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) died at 8pm on Thursday, a spokesman said in a statement.

The 16-year-old mammal prepared for the operation and suffered from gastrointestinal abnormalities.

Winter prosthetic tail.  Photo: AP
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Winter prosthetic tail. Photo: AP

Experts were performing an operation when she died.

Veterinarian Dr Shelly Marquardt said: “While we are heartbroken by the death of winter, we are comforted to know that our team has done everything possible to give them the best chance of survival.”

Winter, who has lived at the CMA for more than 10 years, starred in the 2011 film Dolphin Tale, which documented her pioneering tail replacement procedure and recovery.

Winter had lived in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for more than 10 years.  Photo: AP
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Winter had lived in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for more than 10 years. Photo: AP

She was just two months old in 2005 when her tail was caught in a crab attack near Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Veterinarians were forced to amputate and the film, starring Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman, made their rehabilitation a symbol of inspiration for people and animal lovers worldwide.

A sequel – Dolphin Tale 2 – was released in 2014.