Tailless Dolphin to Be Fitted for Prosthetic Fin

A dolphin that has survived the loss of her powerful tail flukes has been fitted for another new fin at a Florida nonprofit marine animal rescue center.

The prosthetic device is supposed to allow the Winter the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin to swim more freely.

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Winter lives at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. She last received a prosthesis in October, but she is still growing.

She was a frail, dehydrated 3-month-old when she came to the hospital in December 2005. A fisherman found her tangled in the buoy line of a crab trap near Cape Canaveral. The line cut off the blood supply to her tail and it slowly fell off.