A fisherman on Florida's east coast makes a disturbing discovery: a baby dolphin caught in a crab trap. He frees her, but is concerned when she is too exhausted to swim away. The fisherman calls for help, and rescuers arrive several hours later. They catch the injured three-month-old dolphin and transport her across the state to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the world's most well-known marine life-rescue center. Arriving on a chilly December night, the baby is met by a team of trainers, volunteers, and a veterinarian who work tirelessly to save her. Named Winter because of the frosty weather, she begins her struggle for survival. The dolphin eventually makes it, but then her caretakers' fears are realized -- Winter loses her badly injured tail. Will the little dolphin be able to swim without it? The amazing events that follow have made Winter an inspiration to children--and adults--everywhere, especially those living with disabilities. This story, written by the parent-child team who has authored Owen and Mzee: the True Story of a Remarkable Friendship and other fascinating animal tales, is enhanced by clear, often moving photographs depicting Winter's incredible achievement. Recommended for all ages. Recommended by Barbara Karp, Librarian.
Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned To Swim Again
Scholastic Press, 2009