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Clearwater's "Winter" Making Another Splash on the Big Screen

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Dolphins from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida are getting ready to make a splash on the big screen once again. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

“Beach Walk of Fame” was the theme for this year’s Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival on Florida’s Clearwater Beach, with 1,000 tons of the area’s world famous sands creatively carved into iconic movie scenes.

One of the movies portrayed featured a local celebrity who was a big fish in the movie "Dolphin Tale."

"At first when you think you are going to be carving something from yet another movie, it’s fascinating but when you realize it has such a deep meaning that gave it a lot more meaning to carve it," says Don Belcher, a professional sand sculptor.

The heartwarming story about Winter, the disabled dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap and sometimes swims with a specially made prosthesis, continues to inspire and touch her legions of fans.  

"If she could talk and if she was human she would be like my best friend, she’s awesome," says one young fan.

Winter has a new non-human BFF these days and her name is Hope, who has her own rescue story to tell. Hope has taken up permanent residency with Winter, at the nearby Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which is once again the location set for the upcoming Dolphin Tale sequel.

"Dolphin Tale 2" hits the theaters this fall, so now is a great time to visit before the rescue hospital is back in the Hollywood spotlight. You will see actual sets built specifically for the new movie and of course can see Winter and Hope together in daily performances.

The first flick was such a success, CMA was able to expand to a downtown building accessible by trolley or boat. The attraction called "Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure" has many sets and props from the first film donated by Warner Brothers.

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