Passing an urn made of Himalayan Sea salt one to the next, staff from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium said their fin.
Aboard the U.S. Coast Guard’s 45-foot response boat, CMA’s vice president of zoological care, Kelly Martin, said it was an emotional yet fitting return home for the rescued animal who changed the lives of so many.
The ceremony-at-sea included a C-130 flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard and a poem read in Winter’s honor. CMA staff also spread flower petals and blew bubbles, one of Winter’s favorite enrichment activities.
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