This movie is based on the true story of a dolphin that lost its tail. Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble and Kris Kristofferson all have roles in this film, which was directed by Charles Martin Smith.
It begins with a boy named Sawyer Nelson who discovered a dolphin stranded on the shore with its tail stuck in a crab trap. The dolphin was rescued and transferred to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The dolphin was then named Winter. Winter lost her tail because there was too much dead tissue around it, so to save her life, they had to cut off her tail. Dr Clay Haskett, the marine biologist and owner of the aquarium, noted that the dolphin might not survive because of it.
A miracle occurs when Sawyer comes to the aquarium to visit Winter. Sawyer’s presence encourages Winter to start eating, and she becomes healthier. But then, another problem arises. Winter‘s spine gets stressed because of her inverse way of swimming. She moves her tail from side to side like a fish does instead of up and down like a dolphin should. Dr Haskett gets worried and doesn’t know what to do. He has to spend a lot of money on Winter and on the aquarium that was damaged in a storm. To make matters worse, he is going bankrupt because he doesn’t have many customers visiting his aquarium.
Meanwhile, Sawyer meets Dr Cameron McCarthy who specialises in replacing damaged body parts with artificial substitutes. Dr McCarthy had treated Sawyer’s cousin, Kyle, who had lost his leg. Sawyer persuades Dr McCarthy to invent an artificial tail for Winter. With this new tail, Winter might be able to swim again.
What is so amazing about this movie is that Winter acts as herself, and you can actually see her now through a webcam at her aquarium. Visit www.seewinter.com to watch Winter.
This movie moves my heart. It shows how determined Winter was to stay alive despite her disability. Being disabled should not stop you from doing anything, not even if you’re a dolphin.