Long awaited Dolphin Tale inspires

Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr. both star in the film.

Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr. both star in the film.

Ben Kieler, Staff Writer

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   Dolphin Tale can’t help but inspire as it celebrates the true heart-warming tale of Winter the bottle nosed dolphin that resides at the local attraction, Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

   On his way home from school, a young boy finds a dying dolphin washed up on the beach, tangled in fishing line.  The boy calls an animal rescue team, which comes to save the dolphin.  When the tail of the dolphin has to be amputated, it surprises everyone by not only surviving, but living to become a national inspiration to disabled people.

   Based on an inspiring true story, Dolphin Tale tells the story of Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), a boy who finds a friend in Winter, the disabled dolphin.

   The story takes place and was filmed in Clearwater, Florida, mainly at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where the dolphin is taken for rehabilitation.  While taking care of Winter, Sawyer becomes good friends with Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), a young girl working at the aquarium, and her father, Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.).

   Sawyer meets Dr. McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) who helps Winter in a big way by attempting the seemingly impossible task of building a prosthetic tail for a dolphin. 

   CCC junior Winston Chiriaco plays a part in the movie.  He plays a swimmer who is friends with Sawyer’s cousin, Kyle Connellan (Austin Stowell).  

   “It was very interesting to see all the equipment and tools they used to make a movie,” Chiriaco said about working on the set of Dolphin Tale.  “Also very tense since I didn’t know exactly what to do all the time,” he said.

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