Jon and I took a trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium when we were in Florida. The CMA is a marine rehab facility where injured sea animals are treated. The goal is to release the animals back to the wild, but in many cases that it not possible. The most famous resident of the CMA is a dolphin named Winter who has a prosthetic tail! The movie "Dolphin's Tale" was based on Winter's life.
Winter's tail became entangled in a fishing trap. A fisherman found him injured and tangled and brought him to the CMA for medical help. While they tried to nurse him back to health, it was too late and his tail fell off. In order to help him survive, they created a prosthetic tail. Winter has been using this device and survives with it, but can never be released into the wild. Winter lives at a CMA facility and is used for education purposes.
The CMA is a fantastic learning museum focused on teaching children about marine life, safety and the ocean. Even though it was clearly geared towards children, Jon and I thought it was fantastic. The animals were healthy and happy and so beautiful.