Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Winter, the star of the 2014 film “Dolphin Tale,” died on Sunday, according to the Winter Marine Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida.
Winter, the only dolphin at the aquarium who had been in the care of humans since birth, entered the animal hospital in the early morning after a seizure. A team of seven veterinarians and doctors from around the world worked for hours to bring her back. But she was ultimately unresponsive and was euthanized.
“Winter was a living legend in our ranks, and we will never forget her love for the little ones,” Winter Marine Aquarium President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Cerveny said in a press release, according to CNN affiliate WFTS.
Her full name was Winter Reid.
In 2011, Winter gave birth to the calf Tommie, who is now a sire of four.
Although the dolphin was extremely vulnerable to illness, she was always active and social, likely because she was primarily cared for by humans.
Winter was very social with other dolphins and frequently posed for photos with guests. Her tank had been completely transformed into a pretend Atlantis resort, complete with an underwater fortress and underwater streets.
Despite her busy schedule, she also took time to spend time with guests at the aquarium.
The happy time in Florida comes after years of struggles for Winter.
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In 2016, she died of a treatable form of liver cancer.
“I remember her saying, ‘I’ll see you when I get here, I’ll see you when I get home,’ ” New York University Professor of Animal Health and Clinical Development Robin Baird told BFD Media, according to CNN.
But over the last few months, Winter was doing well. The aquarium said she was chipper and showed “no symptoms of illness.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.