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
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.