Dolphins are amazing! Did you know that they communicate by whistling, moaning, and making clicking sounds? Flipper first won my heart when I was a young child during a visit with my family to the Miami Seaquarium. His playful demeanor and sleek shape were fascinating and endearing to me. When the Flipper Show aired on TV during 1964-1967, I fell in love with Flipper’s perpetual smile, fun-loving personality, and vocal style.
I could not help being inspired when I heard about the story of a very special dolphin named Winter. At 3 months old, she was stranded after becoming entangled in a trapline. The odds of her survival were slim. Thanks to CMA’s dedication and care, she did survive,but her injury caused the loss of her tail. After a few months, Winter was healed, next she needed a tail. The vet trainers and Hanger prosthetics initiated a plan to get her one. Adapting to a new home and even a new swim pattern was hard work for Winter.
What I found most inspiring was that, in spite of the incredible struggle, Winter never gave up. After watching the movie Dolphin Tale, which chronicles her survival and recovery, I decided I wanted to help. I contacted Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) to offer assistance with fundraising.
And that’s how the I Love (heart) Winter charm series was born. We will be producing a set of charms to commemorate Winter’s tenacious spirit and donating 50% of the proceeds for her care at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. CMA has outgrown their facilities and is in need of assistance in order to keep providing a safe sanctuary for hurt and stranded animals like Winter.
The first charm became available on December 1st. It features Winter on a rhodium plated piece with a clear Swarovski crystal depicting the twinkle in her eyes.