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Ashes of Winter the Movie Star Dolphin Released Into Gulf

Clearwater Marine Aquarium vice president of zoological care Kelly Martin, left, and aquarium veterinarian Dr. Shelly Marquardt, release the ashes of Winter the Dolphin into the Gulf of Mexico from the back of a U.S. Coast Guard response boat, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, of the coast of Clearwater, Fla. Winter, a prosthetic-tailed dolphin that starred in the “Dolphin Tale” movies, died on Nov. 11, 2021, at age 16 of an inoperable intestinal problem. (Clearwater Marine Aquarium via AP)
Clearwater Marine Aquarium vice president of zoological care Kelly Martin, left, and aquarium veterinarian Dr. Shelly Marquardt, release the ashes of Winter the Dolphin into the Gulf of Mexico from the back of a U.S. Coast Guard response boat, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, of the coast of Clearwater, Fla. Winter, a prosthetic-tailed dolphin that starred in the “Dolphin Tale” movies, died on Nov. 11, 2021, at age 16 of an inoperable intestinal problem. (Clearwater Marine Aquarium via AP)

Clearwater, Fla. (AP) -- The ashes of Winter the dolphin were returned to the sea on Thursday, about two months after the beloved marine mammal of movie fame died at a Florida aquarium.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff members released a Himalayan sea salt urn containing Winter's ashes into the Gulf of Mexico from the back of a U.S. Coast Guard response boat.