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Here’s how to stream ‘Dolphin Tale’ movies

Feeling nostalgic after the death of Winter the dolphin? Here’s how to find and watch the movies right now.
The original poster for "Dolphin Tale" previewed the movie's release in 2011. It became a hit and spawned a sequel that you can see on streaming services right now.
The original poster for "Dolphin Tale" previewed the movie's release in 2011. It became a hit and spawned a sequel that you can see on streaming services right now. [ Warner Bros. ]
Published Nov. 12
Updated Nov. 12

If you are feeling nostalgic after the death of Winter the dolphin, you can find streaming services with the Dolphin Tale movies that made her world-famous.

The first Dolphin Tale, based on Winter’s rescue, rehabilitation and acclimation to a prosthetic tail, was released 10 years ago — on Sept. 23, 2011.

Morgan Freeman played a doctor who came up with Winter's prosthetic tail in the 2011 movie Dolphin Tale. The hit movie is credited with doubling attendance at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Morgan Freeman played a doctor who came up with Winter's prosthetic tail in the 2011 movie Dolphin Tale. The hit movie is credited with doubling attendance at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. [ COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURE | Warner Bros. ]

It was a story that Hollywood couldn’t resist. A fisherman discovered a 2-month-old, 68-pound bottlenose dolphin bleeding and tangled in a crab trap line near Cape Canaveral in 2005. The only rescue facility in the state willing to take her was the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, located inside a former sewage plant.

They considered euthanasia, but her fighting spirit and some clever doctors came up with a solution of a prosthetic tail that let her live another 16 years. Over those years, she bonded with veteran amputees and sick children from around the world. Winter died on Veterans Day following complications of an infection as she was being prepped for exploratory surgery.

Related: Iconic photos of Winter the dolphin

The movie, starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, was a hit and spawned Dolphin Tale 2. The sequel told the story of Hope, another rescued dolphin at the aquarium. Both movies were filmed in Pinellas County and are credited with more than doubling attendance at the aquarium over the last decade.

Both Dolphin Tale movies are streaming on HBO Max right now. Hulu has it available if you have HBO Max tied to your subscription.

Amazon and Apple TV also have the films but are charging extra for them.

Winter the dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium just before the release of "Dolphin Tale," the movie based on her story, in 2011.
Winter the dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium just before the release of "Dolphin Tale," the movie based on her story, in 2011. [ CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM | Clearwater Marine Aquarium ]