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Clearwater Marine Aquarium will close as filming starts

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The motion picture "Dolphin Tale" was set in a fictional "Clearwater Marine Hospital." Dolphin Tale 2 will depict the "Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which of course is a real place.

"You'll see our actual name and logo in real life shown throughout the movie this time," the CMA's David Yates confirmed.

The sequel will again feature the rescued dolphin named Winter, who will be joined by her younger companion dolphin named Hope. Yates recalled the original movie ended with a developer's promise to save and finance the sea-life rescue center.

The sequel picks up a few months later.

"There's a lot of real life in this, based on what's happening with the aquarium, our growth, the animals, the animals' stories and so on," Yates said. "We actually do more sea turtle rehab than dolphin work. So you'll see more turtle rehab in Dolphin Tale 2 than you saw in Dolphin Tale 1."

The CMA closes to the public Monday and will become a movie set through mid-January. It will re-open to the public for a few days over Thanksgiving and for a couple of weeks over Christmas.

CMA's facility in downtown Clearwater, which focuses on the making of the first motion picture, will remain open to the public.

"We'll be filming some behind the scenes video every day on the set and we'll take it down to Dolphin Tale Adventures, and show it to guests so they can see kind of what's going on on the set," Yates said.

There is also a role in Dolphin Tale 2 for Rufus the pelican. He was a mischievous character in the first movie and an unexpected hit with movie-goers. Rufus was actually played by a pair of California pelicans who have become CMA residents since the first movie was made.

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