Abby Stone has served as the Stranding Coordinator at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) since 2009. She has been at CMA since 1996 and is highly experienced in the behavioral assessments, observations, animal handling, medical procedures and treatment of various cetacean species, which includes dolphins, whales and porpoises. 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, the dolphins Winter and Hope, the lead characters in the 2011 movie “Dolphin Tale” and the 2014 sequel “Dolphin Tale 2.”
Winter arrived at CMA in December 2005 after she was found off Florida’s east coast entangled in a crab trap, cutting off all circulation to her tail, which CMA tried to save. As a result, the bottlenose dolphin developed a modified swimming pattern that put her at risk of developing degenerative changes in her spine.
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.
Stone will present on her experiences with Winter, Hope, and some of the many other marine animals that CMA has rescued and rehabilitated.
This lecture is sponsored by the Brotman Family Coastal Biology Lecture Series and the UNF Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program