Remembering a Friend


Sophie Rakita, Writer

Growing up, I watched many animal movies. One of those was Dolphin Tale. In this movie, which is based on a true story, a dolphin is discovered at a beach in Tampa. The dolphin was injured and taken to the Clearwater Marine Hospital where they treat her, and with the help of Morgan Freeman, find a solution to her missing tail. This dolphin, who was discovered in 2005, died at 16 on 11/11/21 due to gastrointestinal issues. Her name was Winter, and she has raised up so many that in her passing she has caused melancholy in so many hearts.

Recently, I was in study hall when I discovered of the dolphin’s death. You can imagine my disappointment. It made me very emotional and felt like I was losing a lifelong friend. To some it was even worse. Some felt like they were losing their closest family member. I have seen countless videos of people mourning our dear Winter.

I first saw this movie around when it first came out. I must have been 5 or 6 years old. Although I do not recall the effect it had on me the first time I watched it, I have watched it many times since then and have felt the gravity of it every time I can remember. I mean, what sentient being could watch this without feeling something.

In conclusion, this movie is quite the emotional rollercoaster. If you don’t think so that is fine by me, however, I will stand by this movie and Winter will live forever in my heart.