Dolphin Tale movie poster Swimming free, a young dolphin was caught in a crab trap, rescued and transported to Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she was. Drama · A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. Full Cast & Crew · Box office / business · Filming Locations · Release Info. Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a.