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Hazel from Dolphin Tale in Area to Launch DVD

Cozi Zuehlsdorff, the actress who plays Hazel Haskett in Dolphin Tale, will host two public appearances this week.

Clearwater, Fla. (December 19, 2011) – Corresponding with the nationwide DVD release of Dolphin Tale, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is pleased to host the talented young actress Cozi Zuehlsdorff, for two public appearances this week. Tuesday’s appearance will allow guests to hear the Dolphin Tale story from Cozi’s perspective as Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s CEO, David Yates, will interview Cozi at Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, CMA’s new attraction dedicated to Dolphin Tale movie scenes, props, re-created sets and behind the scenes footage. Following the interview, Cozi will be available for autographs of newly released DVD copies of Dolphin Tale for the public. Wednesday, Cozi will make her second public appearance at Clearwater Marine Aquarium to meet guests and sign autographs.

Dolphin Tale DVD’s in standard format, 3-D and Blu-ray will be available for purchase at CMA and WDTA on December 20th. You may also purchase pre-ordered copies today at

When: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 (Media Interview from 10:15-11:15; autograph session from 11:30 to 3:00 with break from 1:00-1:30.)

Where: Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, 300 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL 33755

When: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 – Autograph session from 11:30 to 3:00 with break from 1:00-1:30.

Where: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater FL 33767

About Cozi Zuehlsdorff
Cozi began her acting career at the age of eight when she was encouraged to audition for Annie at a local theater company in Aliso Viejo, Ca. At the time, Cozi thought it would be more fun to go see the musical than to act in it, but in the end decided to audition. She was cast as Annie and has been performing lead roles in such shows as The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Seussical the Musical ever since. Soon, Cozi turned her attention to TV and film. She can be seen in commercials for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, Regions Bank, Amica Insurance, Nestle water, and Trident Layers Gum.
Cozi, now 13, lives in Orange County, California with her parents, her 16 year old sister and their dog Bandit. She is home schooled and has a passion for singing, playing piano, going to church and making homemade movies with her friends.

About Dolphin Tale
Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment present Dolphin Tale, inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the strangers who band together to save her life. Dolphin Tale will be released on DVD on December 20th in standard format, Blu-Ray and 3-D. DVD’s are currently available for pre-order at

How has CMA been impacted by Dolphin Tale?

It has been almost three weeks since the movie Dolphin Tale made its debut into movie theaters around the country.  In its first week, the movie generated over $19 million in box office sales and finished third behind the Lion King and Moneyball.  But because of good word of mouth, in its second weekend, Dolphin Tale leaped over both Lion King and Moneyball and finished first at the box office.

And here at CMA, we are feeling the effects of the movie’s success as it is attracting an unprecedented number of guests for this time of year to our Aquarium.  Folks are flocking to our facility to visit Winter, the star of the movie and to see where the movie was mainly filmed.  Last Saturday, October 8th, CMA broke an all time record with more than 2,700 visitors!

We’re all excited here at CMA that this movie is telling the story of our mission, the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of marine animals, to the world and making Winter a world-famous, inspirational dolphin who is touching millions with her story of survival.


The movie was created so well that it is hard to tell fact from fiction.  Many viewers don’t know that Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit organization that, unlike the movie, does not have a big developer that bailed us out of financial ruin.  We depend on donations, gate revenues and summer camp programs to take care of our injured animals.  If you would like to support our mission, you can donate by clicking here.

When a young dolphin lost its tail in a fishing accident, an aquarium and prosthetics company teamed up to build her a new one. Jorge Ribas meets Winter the dolphin, who stars in the new movie about her rescue.