Just a quick post to let you know about the fun fundraising events over on the Kit and Clowder Facebook page. Kit and Clowder have been celebrating 6000 members this weekend and Alyce has organised a lot of fun competitions as well as raising money for the Clearwater Marine Animal Rescue Centre. If you have seen the film Dolphin’s Tale you will know all about their amazing dolphin Winter. She was rescued having been snared by the holding rope of a crab cage and because of the damage done to her tail she had to have it amputated. She was fitted with a prosthetic tale and has inspired hundreds of people with her story of survival.
I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding keeping large marine animals such as dolphins and whales in captivity but Winter would not survive in the wild. Without her artificial tail she swims with a sideways movement rather than up and down which damages her back and could damage her spinal cord. There was an article a while back saying that Clearwater is planning to drop the shows by the dolphins, I hope they do. If you do decide to donate there is a space to leave a comment so any concerns you could voice in there. Meanwhile they are doing fantastic work rescuing other marine animals, especially turtles, and eventually releasing them back into the wild.
If you want to find out more pop over to the Kit and Clowder Facebook Page and take a look. If you donate there are three exclusive digi images available and plenty of prizes in the competitions.
One of the digi images is of Winter and her companion Hope, another rescued dolphin who is unable to be returned to the wild. I have coloured it up using Polychromo pencils. I am still learning how to use these and it was coloured in very quickly so I could post it today so don’t expect a fantastic work of art! (But you will find fantastic examples on the Facebook page!)