A 6-month-old dolphin living at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium jumps out of the water Friday after getting her new name: Hope.
That's the winning name that emerged from thousands of suggestions submitted to the aquarium from all over the country.
Hope was introduced to aquarium visitors by chief executive officer David Yates, who also cited his favorite definition for hope: "to look forward; one that is a source of or a reason for hope."
The dolphin was rescued Dec. 11 after being found in the Indian River Lagoon on Florida's east coast, where she was attempting to nurse from her dead mother. Marine experts have determined that Hope can never be released because she lacks the skills needed to survive in the wild, so she will be a permanent resident of the Clearwater facility.
Other popular names for the dolphin that were submitted to the aquarium included Summer, Snowflake, Holly and Spring.
Douglas R. Clifford, Times staff