I just learned about Winter, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, who was rescued from a crab trap off the coast of Florida. She was just three months old when she was rescued and brought to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
The wonderful people at the aquarium nursed Winter back to health and she survived and thrived! But the trap had damaged her little tail so badly that it eventually fell off, leaving Winter with just a stump.
Winter, being the adaptable girl she is, learned to swim with her little stump but her caretakers realized that swimming in this unnatural way would damage her spine. So researchers developed a prosthetic tail for her and Winter is now learning to swim again – just like she did out in the ocean!
A new kid’s book called, Winter’s Tail – How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again (Scholastic) is going to be in bookstores in October. The book is by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff and Craig Hatkoff, the bestselling authors of Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship and several other books about amazing feats by animal friends.
Pugsley and I were lucky enough to receive an advance copy of the book and thought it was such an heartwarming story. And, the publisher was kind enough to also offer a prize pack as a giveaway to you guys!
If you have kids or nieces or nephews or grandkids, they will LOVE this gift. It includes a copy of the book, a stuffed Winter dolphin, a dolphin key chain and a Winter’s Tail game for Nintendo DS!
All you have to do to win is visit the Winter’s Tail web site and leave a comment here, telling me what you learned. Make sure to send me an email with your contact info so if you win, I can get in touch.
For an EXTRA entry, subscribe to my e-newsletter (upper right hand corner of the page), which we are launching in October.
We’ll be drawing the winner on October 13th.
Good luck and YAY for Winter and other inspiring animals overcoming obstacles and thriving!