W is for Winter, the Dolphin
by Nancy Stewart
Many people worldwide have heard the story of Winter, the bottlenose dolphin. Only two months old, her tail caught in a crab trap line, she was rescued off the east coast of Florida one wintery morning seven years ago by a fisherman. Jim Savage saw a small commotion close to his boat and went over to investigate. The rest, as is said, is history.
Winter was ultimately fitted with a prosthetic tail, ingeniously devised by Hangar Prosthetics. This tail allows the dolphin to swim as a dolphin does, thus keeping her from having back problems as she ages. Winter now does small jumps out of the water the way any other dolphin will do.
Winter has become an inspiration for people worldwide. Along with other visitors, children and adults with prosthetic limbs visit the aquarium to see the brave little dolphin who greets as many as she can with a wet dolphin kiss!
She was certainly influential to a little girl named Katrina Simpkins, whose life was changed profoundly upon meeting and befriending the young dolphin. Katrina, who must wear a prosthetic leg, was touched immeasurably by her ongoing relationship with Winter.
To that end, I have written a children’s book, Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage (Guardian Angel Publishing). It will be released in May, 2012. The book contains many photos of Katrina and Winter, as they progress through their real-life friendship.
Every time I see a dolphin swimming freely here in Florida, I think of Winter. Her new normal is not freedom but hope. She does so much for humanity every day. I can't help but believe she has a life that is well lived and is content in that knowledge.
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Nancy, thank you for visiting with me today and sharing the inspirational true life story of Katrina and Winter!
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval Recipient and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist