A boy befriends an injured dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap.
Based on true events “Dolphin Tale” is a family film about Winter, a young dolphin who loses her tail in a crab trap and Sawyer, the introverted, 11-year old boy who befriends her. Sawyer meets the rescued dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a marine rehabilitation center where she lives.
Sawyer rallies friends and family alike to save Winter by convincing a pioneering doctor to create a unique prosthetic attachment to restore the dolphin’s ability to swim. Winter the dolphin plays herself in the movie.
Charles Martin Smith, star of Disney’s 1983 movie Never Cry Wolf, steps behind the camera and directs Dolphin Tale.