Rachel, thank you so much for this beautiful drawing! You did a terrific job!

Innovative TrainingReinforcing an animal for reaching successful approximations through a self-taught or self-experimental process.

Here at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium we work on innovative training with our dolphin population. Both Nicholas and Winter are trained for the behavior “Create.” After receiving the hand signal the dolphin must come up with a series of behaviors that are all completely different in order to receive reinforcement. The trick is for the dolphin to come up with different behaviors without repeats. For example, spin – spit – wave would be acceptable, but spin – spit – spin would not because the dolphin already did a spin. By offering the behavior “Create” to the dolphins, this behavior allows them to think for themselves and use their brains. In the wild dolphins are constantly using their brains to find food, avoid predators, and communicate with pod members. Seeing that our dolphins do not need to worry about catching food or avoiding sharks we are able to stimulate their brains through cognitive exercises like the behavior “Create.” It can also be a very exciting behavior for the dolphins because they get to do whatever behaviors they want as long as they do not repeat behaviors. Come on over to the Dolphin Terrace and the Winter Zone to see this behavior in action!

Dolphin Tale Sweeps Awards Ceremony!

By Krista Rosado, from ClearwaterPatch.

“Dolphin Tale swept 16 categories at the Crystal Reel awards on Saturday held in Orlando’s Florida Hotel Nov. 9 and 10. 

The Crystal Reel Awards are held annually to honor and highlight outstanding achievements in motion picture, television, audio recording and digital media productions created in Florida over the past year. The Official Judges of the CRA are Emmy, Grammy, and/or Oscar recipients from across the country with no affiliation to the host organization, Florida Motion Picture and Television Association (FMPTA).

Highlighting the success of the Florida Tax Credit Program and the productions it has brought to Florida were nominees in two key categories:  For Best TV Series, nominees “Burn Notice” and “The Glades” were represented. For Best Feature, the nominees were Dolphin Tale and Renee. 

Dolphin Tale was represented on the Red Carpet by cast members Harry Connick, Jr., Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Austin Highsmith. Additionally, Dolphin Tale producers Broderick Johnson and Richard Ingber of Alcon Entertainment and co-producer David Yates of Clearwater Marine Aquarium walked the red carpet. 

Dolphin Tale walked away the big winner of the evening, winning in the following categories:

  • Best Feature: Robert Engelman, Steven Wegner, David Yates, Yolanda Cochran, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Richard Ingber
  • Best Adolescent Actor, Feature Film: Nathan Gamble
  • Best Adolescent Actress, Feature Film: Cozi Zuehlsdorff
  • Best Supporting Actress, Feature Film: Austin Highsmith
  • Best Actor, Feature Film: Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Best Editing: Harvey Rosenstock
  • Best Art Direction/Set Design, Feature Film: Michael Corenblith
  • Best Special Effects (Mechanical): Howard Berger
  • Best Make-Up, Feature Film: Erin Brasfield-Koplow
  • Best Hair: Jane Hassinger
  • Best Costumes: Hope Hanafin
  • Best Original Soundtrack: Mark Isham
  • Best Original Score: Mark Isham
  • Best Script (Produced), Feature Film: Karen Janszen & Noam Dromi
  • Best Director, Feature Film: Charles Martin Smith
  • Best Trailer: Robert Engelman, Steven Wegner, David Yates, Yolanda Cochran, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson”

Read Article from the ClearwaterPatch.

Sarah, thank you so much for this beautiful masterpiece! You did a FINtastic job!