Dolphin Tale

I loved this movie, watched at least 4 times already.  It is one of the great ones for us dolphin lovers!

Inspired by a true story, Dolphin Tale is about courage, ingenuity, and never giving up. Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) is a young boy who’s struggling with school and doesn’t have many friends other than his cousin Kyle (Austin Stowell). When Kyle, a star swimmer, joins the army to earn money for college and is called to active duty, it looks like Sawyer is destined to spend his summer alone tinkering in the garage and attending summer school. Sawyer stumbles upon a dolphin that’s been severely injured, becomes fascinated by dolphins, and is suddenly intellectually engaged like never before.

In spite of his shyness, he forms a friendship with marine rescue doctor Clay (Harry Connick Jr.) and his daughter Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) and, more importantly, a special and very powerful bond with the rescued dolphin, who’s dubbed Winter. As the newly formed team struggles to save Winter’s life and ensure her continued safety, financial concerns, an accident that leaves Kyle crippled for life, and a hurricane all seem to join forces against them.

In the end, it is Sawyer’s determination, coupled with a little bit of luck and a lot of ingenuity from an army doctor (Morgan Freeman) who specializes in prosthetics, that helps make each member of the team, including Kyle and Winter, whole again. The talented cast does a great job of creating completely believable characters, but Gamble, Zuehlsdorff, Connick, Freeman, Stowell, and of course Winter, who plays herself, all deserve special mention.

While the story of an injured animal rescued and rehabilitated has certainly been told before, this film is emotionally powerful and will absolutely captivate children and adults alike. (Ages 5 and older) –Tami Horiuchi

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For the Love of Dolphins

 

 

DolphinBOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
Anytime dolphins are spoken of, these babies are sure to come to mind. Quickies:

• They prey on mainly small fish and squid.
• They can travel at speeds of 18 miles an hour.
• They can make up to 1,000 clicking sounds per second! That’s insane!
• That blowhole of theirs is their nose.

commersonsdolphinCOMMERSON’S DOLPHIN
This is probably not a picture that comes to your mind when you think ‘dolphin’. Quickies:

• These poor guys are hunted for crab bait.
• They have harlequin-shaped markings on their body.
• They’re only found on the southern tip of South America and an island off Africa.
• Live in groups of 1-3, but large schools are occasionally formed.

spinnerdolphinSPINNER DOLPHIN
Not the most famous dolphin out there, but a beautiful one. Quickies:

• They reside in tropical pelagic oceans all over the world.
• They are 1.7-2m long.
• It is unknown of their conservation status.
• They can be seen in schools from 5 to 200. But schools of 1,000 have been reported.

duskydolphin
DUSKY DOLPHIN
And save the best for last, the Dusky Dolphin. I’m not sure why I love this over the others, but I do. Quickies:

• They inhabit the coastal regions below the Tropic of Capricorn all the way to the sub-Arctic.
• They have an all white belly.
• Schools of them can range from 20 to 300.
• They are a very acrobatic species.

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