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Tailless dolphin fitted for new fin in Florida

10:05 AM, Jul 13, 2008   |    comments
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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — 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.

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.

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