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Winter The Dolphin, A Life-Changing Inspiration To All

Update 01/05/22: A new dolphin has been rescued at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium! Meet Apollo!

I just finished rewatching Dolphin Tale the other day, then I decided to look up to see how Winter was doing. I was very saddened to hear that Winter passed away in November. She was a big inspiration to me, and others that live with various types of disabilities (I have an “invisible” disability that you won’t detect unless I tell you). I was very much hoping to meet Winter once COVID calmed down and became a lot more reasonable and manageable, but now that won’t be possible.

Since I won’t be able to meet Winter in person any more, I decided to show my appreciation for all the CMA (Clearwater Marine Aquarium) does in another way. I bought a little keychain addition which just arrived in the last day or two, pictured below. I will be looking at ways to contribute on a regular basis on my streams or similar, as well. I highly recommend taking a look at the CMA’s website to see how you can contribute and help yourself. They are a cause well worthy of support!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium keychain pendant with 2 dolphins - Supporting Winter's cause

Dolphin Tale Movies

I would highly recommend watching the Dolphin Tale movies (there are 2) if you love marine life, or if you have disabilities that you live with on a daily basis. I’m sure Winter’s story will move you to want to show your support for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in some way, even if not monetarily, you can show your support by sharing their Ways To Help page, or this post with your friends.

The Dolphin Tale movies would always get me to tear up while watching, every time. But when I looked up and found out that Winter died during my last rewatch, I was very close to literally crying. I am moved THAT much by Winter’s story, and am glad that Winter had a longer life than most captive dolphins. Unfortunately due to Winter’s condition, she couldn’t live in the wild back with her pod. It would not have been possible, so she had to live at the aquarium for the rest of her life. She got a good 16 years of life, and most captive dolphins only live about 12 years or so.

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Do You Love Marine Life?

If you are a fan of marine life, and want to help support keep marine life alive, I highly recommend giving a look towards their Ways To Help page, since you can help a marine aquarium & marine hospital to keep healing marine life and helping keep them alive. Of course, there are other causes you can contribute too as well, that are not specific to marine life (like the World Wildlife Fund).

But I personally feel that the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is more deserving of support than SeaWorld (though I support both. Blackfish had a lot of inaccuracies. I’ve had 3 friends who worked there, including 2 who worked with the Orcas directly), although both are doing what they can to heal marine wildlife.

Marine life makes up a huge chunk of our planet, since our globe is more than 70% water. We humans need to find ways to support and keep marine life alive. This ranges from Dolphins (like the Vaquita with less than 20 left alive), to Sharks which are essential to the ecosystem (which is killing multiple ecosystems globally with shark finning), basically all forms of marine life.

I would really enjoy if you all could share any wildlife causes you supported, in the comments below. Please! Let me know what various wildlife cause you are all supporting. It would make me feel super happy. Looking forward to reading your comments!

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