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Abigale “Abby” Stone
Rescuing Winter, Hope and so much more! The true story behind Dolphin Tale

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
7 p.m. at the Andrew A. Robinson, Jr. Theater

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Abby Stone has served as the Stranding Coordinator at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) since 2009. Over the past 20 years, she has played an integral role in the growth of the aquarium, especially regarding the facility’s most famous residents, Winter and Hope. The two bottlenose dolphins were the lead characters in the 2011 movie “Dolphin Tale” and the 2014 sequel “Dolphin Tale 2.”


As a primary caregiver to Winter, Stone was part of the team that developed her prosthetic tail and taught her how to use it. During the period that she managed the resident dolphins, Stone focused on behavior conditioning for husbandry or medical management and cognitive research initiatives.


In addition to resident dolphin care, Stone’s talents have majorly contributed to the hundreds of responses the Stranding Team conducts each year for marine animals in distress. In her role as Stranding Coordinator, she has provided rehabilitative care to several species of cetaceans and is responsible for the collection and management of data used for marine mammal research as well as conservation initiatives. Most recently, in collaboration with CMA’s Education Team, Stone expanded her scope of work to include the role of Principal Investigator for CMA’s Dolphin Photo ID program.


This lecture is sponsored by the Brotman Family Coastal Biology Lecture Series and the UNF Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program.