Clearwater Marine Aquarium says in a news release that Winter has passed this evening. She is a Tampa Bay area Icon after her life struggles and starring in 2 "Dolphins Tale" films.
A statement from the aquarium says its experts were consulting with top veterinary specialists and "exploring all possible options to save Winter's life."
The aquarium says it will close to the public Friday, November 12th, "allow the staff to grieve" for Winter.
“Many are inspired by her resiliency and this amazing response reminds us of how deeply she has affected millions, including so many on their own health journey,” the Aquarium said.
Winter was discovered with a missing tail in 2005 and rescued by CMA, which developed a prosthetic tail so that she could swim properly. Winter has been a permanent resident of the aquarium, and her story inspired the two "Dolphin Tale" movies.
Photo: Clearwater Marine Aquarium