Winter and Hope, photo courtesy Clearwater Marine Aquarium
The Bay area's most famous dolphin has a new roommate.
Winter the dolphin, famous for her amputated tail fin, replaced by a prosthetic device, will now share a tank at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium with Hope, a fellow Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin.
Hope was rescued two years ago, in the Indian River Lagoon on Florida's east coast. Much like Winter, Hope was found when she was just 2 to 3 months old. Because of her young age, she wasn't able to learn the proper skills to survive in the wild. Animal officials decided she should become a permanent resident of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Another similarity: the same rescuer who held Winter in her arms, was also responsible for finding and rescuing Hope.
Until now, Hope and Winter have been living in separate pools, but now, they've been paired together.