Dolphin Tale available December 20, 2011 

In an inspirational story of the bond between animals and humans, a boy named Sawyer discovers an injured dolphin, who is brought to a marine hospital and named Winter. Unfortunately, her injuries cost Winter her tail, without which she may not survive. But with Sawyer's devotion, a marine biologist's (Harry Connick Jr.) expertise and the brilliance of a prosthetist (Morgan Freeman) charged with creating a new tail, Winter may receive a second chance at life.

Dolphin Tale: available December 20, 2011!

Dolphin Tale: Available on DVD December 20, 2011 

About the film

Meet Winter! Filmed on location at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Dolphin Tale features the real Winter, playing herself. She is symbol of courage, perseverance, and hope for the millions of people —both able and disabled— who have been touched by her remarkable recovery.

Hey Kids, Parents, and Teachers!

Dolphin Tale will inspire you! NWF has teamed up with the film to empower you to take action. Learn more about dolphins and find out how you can help protect them—and also save ocean habitat.


Adopt A Dolphin

Want to help National Wildlife Federation protect dolphins and the places where they live?
Throw a dolphin adoption party with your class, a club, or friends! Make it fun and come up with creative ways to help people care about dolphins.

Find out more about having your own dolphin adoption party >>

Bottlenose Dolphin 

Dolphins are amazing Mammals

Dolphins are marine mammals—mammals that live in the ocean. They have many adaptations to help them swim, dive deep, and come to the surface to breathe air. When Winter lost her tail, she was no longer able to move the way a dolphin is meant to move. Below are some of a dolphin’s body parts.

  • Flukes – Tail parts that move up and down to push the dolphin through the water. With her prosthetic fluke, Winter can swim like a dolphin again.
  • Dorsal Fin – A fin on the dolphin’s back that helps it keep its balance and turn as it swims.
  • Pectoral Fins – Often called the “flippers,” these fins on each side of the dolphin’s body are used for steering, stopping, and balance.
  • Blowhole – A hole on top of the dolphin’s head, used for breathing.
  • Rostrum – Also called the “snout” or “beak,” this body part is the front end of a dolphin.

Did You Know?

  • There are more than 30 kinds of dolphins in the world. They are found in all oceans and in a few rivers. Winter is a bottlenose dolphin from the Atlantic Ocean.
  • In the wild, dolphins live in small groups called pods. Pod members work together to protect each other from enemies such as sharks. Sometimes the moms form a safe “playpen” by swimming together with the babies in the middle.
  • Bottlenose dolphins can live to be 40 years old. Winter was just a baby when she was rescued.

Dive into Eco-Schools USA and Green Your School!

NWF's Eco-Schools USA is a program that helps schools green their buildings, grounds, and curriculum. By reducing your school’s environmental footprint, you can help dolphins and other wildlife—as well as people and the whole planet!

Learn more and check out the Eco-Schools USA Water Pathway for more ideas about what you can do to help keep water clean and oceans healthy!

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