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‘Dolphin Tale 2' introduces new stars at Clearwater, Fla., aquarium

Clearwater, Fla.
Hope, left, and Winter at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. The dolphins star in “Dolphin Tale 2.”
(Clearwater Marine Aquarium)

If “Dolphin Tale” piqued your interest in Clearwater, Fla., the sequel may start you packing.

The first  “Dolphin Tale” movie told the story of Winter, a 3-month-old calf whose tail was so badly damaged by a crab trap line that it could not be saved. A prosthetic tail was created to help her glide like a dolphin.

Dolphin Tale 2,” which opened nationwide last week, emphasizes Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release. The filmmakers also created a mission featurette.

Joining Winter in the new film is Hope, who was rescued as a 2-month old calf in 2010. Both are permanent residents of the Clearwater aquarium, which is about 23 miles west of Tampa in central Florida.

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Admission to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium costs $19.95 for adults and provides access to viewing platforms to see Winter, Hope and other rescues.

Additional animal encounters include being photographed with Winter ($140 for an individual, ages 5 and older) and participating in a three-hour Trainer for a Day program ($325) for a behind-the-scenes experience learning about food preparation and animal care.

Info: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater; (727) 441-1790.

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