Today, Winter continues to thrive as a "bionic" but tailless dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's dolphin exhibit. Over the years since her rescue and arrival at CMA in 2005, She has inspired people from around the world to know, love, and care about the plight of dolphins in the wild. She has even inspired those who suffer from disabilities to overcome their limits. In fact, Winter's amazing story has appeared on NBC, The Bonnie Hunt Show, CNN, BBC, and a number of newspapers worldwide. She has even become the subject of a 2007 direct-to-DVD documentary called Winter, the Dolphin That Could.
Winter currently weights in at around 230 pounds and has completely healed from her injury from the crab trap. Winter is very calm, and studious. However, she can sometimes be very playful and interactive towards guests when she has her moments. She has even been adopted by an old female dolphin name Panama shortly after being paired with her in the main tank. Winter does both public training sessions and guests interactions like all the other CMA dolphins. As of 2006, Winter has been declared as unreleasable by NOAA Fisheries due to serve injuries from the entanglement at Mosquito Lagoon. You can currently see Winter and Panama at the “Winter Zone” exhibit at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
As for Winter's Future, Clearwater Marine Aquarium has announced that they have plans to build Winter a bigger exhibit that would not only house the current CMA resident dolphins, but also any dolphins that are in need of rehabilitation. Plans were originally made in 2008, but financial troubles had placed the construction on hold until December 2009 when the facility received a $1 million grant to continue the project. In March 2010, Winter and Panama were moved to the new exhibit shortly after construction was completed.
According to The St. Petersburg Times, the new dolphin exhibit is 40 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep. The large tank will allow Winter more room to work with her bionic tail. When a stranded cetaceans is located to this tank for rehabilitation purposes, Winter and Panama would be located back to the old dolphin exhibit. This would allow the two dolphins avoid contracting any diseases that the stranded animals may have on them. In August 2010, the production crew of Winter's movie Dolphin's Tale built CMA an 8-foot water dept 40 diameter pool which will be used for rehabilitation purposes in the near future.
Note: Currently, Nicholas, one of the four resident dolphins residing at the aquarium currently resigns at this exhibit, which has been called "Dolphin Terrance".