Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dolphin fits new prosthetic tail!

A dolphin that survived the loss of her powerful tail flukes has been fitted for another new fin at a marine animal rescue center in Clearwater.

The new prosthetic device will allow the bottlenose dolphin, named Winter, to now swim more freely.

Winter lives at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. She last received a prosthesis in October, but has since outgrown it.

Winter was a frail, dehydrated 3-month-old when she was discovered back in December 2005 near Cape Canaveral. A fisherman found her tangled in the buoy line of a crab trap. The line had cut off the blood supply to her tail which caused it to slowly fall off.

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