Winter Needs a New Home
CLEARWATER - Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) announced today that it is raising funds for construction of a new exhibit that will be the future home of Winter the dolphin, and is asking the public to consider assisting. CMA has a large tank in the rear of its facility that has been used from time-to-time to house sick and injured marine life. The exhibit will still serve this purpose when needed, but will normally house Winter and Panama, a thirty-year-old female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, who has become Winter’s surrogate mother. The exhibit, which will be open to the public, will provide more space than Winter and Panama currently have in the inside exhibit, which houses Indy and Nicholas, CMA’s two male dolphins.
Since the release of Winter’s inspiring story in 2006, it has become one of the largest media stories in Tampa’s history. With repeated airings on the NBC Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, BBC, and nearly every other major news outlet, Winter has become a global phenomenon. This exposure has created a wave of interest in the inspiring nature of her story.
The total cost of the exhibit and adjacent areas is expected to be $200,000.00. Anyone wishing to assist CMA and Winter by donating to this project can do so by going to www.SeeWinter.com and clicking on the “Help Build Winter’s Home” link on the home page.
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