Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Winter

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is literally a life saver for so many area water creatures. Most of the site is open to the public. They demonstrate and educate the public about all things marine life.

Disney recently made a movie about Winter, the tailless dolphin here. Yes, it's a true story and Winter lives here.

She was tangled in a crab trap. Rescuers freed her, but her tail had to be amputated. She can swim some but not well. Someone with a lot of know-how invented this tail for her.

Now she can swim vertically and horizontally. She is a "spokesperson" for other amputees. Both young and old come to interact with her. And the Disney movie set built a special tank and left other goodies for us to enjoy after the movie was finished. (Should be out this summer.)

"And then he said to me; 'My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.' Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9 (MS)

Awww, man, you mean I can't use "my" limitations as an excuse? My limits are not His limits.

Okay, where's my tail?

photos:karenevans

12 comments:

Jean Wise said...

wow what an inspirational story! Yes God will provide!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I love knowing that Moses had a speech impediment and God used Him to share His message.

~ Wendy

Kathy C. said...

Did you see How to Train Your Dragon? The boy makes a similar contraption for a dragon.

Libbie said...

I never heard of winter! I can't believe that tail! How cool!!! Such a good way to look at life too!!!

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Great story!

God seems to take special delight in using the weak and poor of the world.

Take care and have a great day :-)

~Ron
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Karen said...

Jeanie, yes, He does!

Wendy, that's so true. Only through Him.

Yes, Kathy, I finally saw that one, thought is was real cute.

Libbie, I'm sure you will hear alot from Disney when it comes out! :)

Thanks Ron. You too have a good one.

Kindred Heart Writers said...

karen, You just keep doing it. Love you Clella

Cassandra Frear said...

Awesome.

There are so many analogies and lessons we could draw from this.

I'm showing this post to my son.

alicia said...

Amen! It is so much easier to hide behind our handicap then to let God use that for His glory.
Great message!

Dave said...

Thanks for these photos and your story Karen. I found it interesting - Dave

Karen said...

Cassandra, thank you.

Alicia, yes, I'm a hider.

Dave, glad you enjoyed it.

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