Dolphin Winter, from the film “Dolphin Tale,” has died at the age of 16 years.
Winter, the dolphin who was the subject of the 2011 film Dolphin Tale, has passed away.
Winter was reported to be fighting for her life after contracting a serious infection, according to TMZ. Winter lost her tail at the age of two months in 2005.
Her tail became entangled in a crab trap and was severed.
Her entire life had been spent at Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Winter’s journey from her injury to the prosthetic tail she received was depicted in Dolphin Tale.
Her progress with the prosthetic tail was also shown in the video.
Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Kris Kristofferson star in the film.
The 3D family drama made (dollar)95 million at the box office around the world.
In 2014, a sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, was released.
The story of another dolphin named Hope was told in the sequel.
Winter’s future is in jeopardy after the death of her surrogate mother, Panama, unless the Clearwater Marine Aquarium team can find her a new companion.
In the sequel, Freeman also appeared.
Winter’s caregivers reported that her condition had deteriorated while they were treating her for a suspected gastrointestinal infection.
She ended up in critical condition and was scheduled to have potentially life-saving surgery, but she died while a veterinarian was preparing her for it.
The aquarium announced it would close for a few days before the surgery “to provide the best possible environment for her medical team.”
“We thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of love and support you have shown Winter since her rescue in 2005, particularly these last few days,” the aquarium said in a statement.
“Her resiliency has inspired many, and this incredible response reminds us of how profoundly she has impacted millions, including so many people on their own health journey.”
Winter had reached the age of sixteen.
A team of 15 veterinarians and technicians were scheduled to work on Winter before she died, according to Clearwater Marine Aquarium representatives.