Date:November 26, 2020

The Favorite Retriever Of Instagram Got To Spend A Day With Dolphins (Video)

Canine Instagram star A Golden Named Kevin visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida, where he met beautiful a rescued dolphin named Winter. The two became the best of buddies in no time at all.

Anything is paw-sible including a golden retriever and a rescued dolphin becoming friends! Kevin made the trip to CMA to explore Winter’s new home including visits with the rescued resident dolphins.


Kevin, a friendly pooch from Tampa, Florida who goes by @agoldennamedkevin on Instagram, has over 211K followers and is known for his friendly nature and cute duck hat.
The friendly pooch, known for his duck hat, received a personal message from staff featuring a dolphin called Winter – star of Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2.

He then got to meet Winter along with pals PJ, Hope, Nicholas, and Hemingway.

Kevin also swam in the Winter Zone with animal care specialist Katie Wojdyla.

The day trip kicked off when Kevin received a personal video invitation from a fellow duck-lover, Clearwater’s dolphin Winter.

As you can see from the footage, Kev looks very happy to RSVP.

Kev and his human, Elysse Gorney, then FaceTimed with Winter and her animal carer Katie Wojdyla, to iron out further details of the trip.

According to Kevin’s person, Elysse Gorney, the one-year-old pup visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Aug. 7. “Kevin had the entire aquarium to himself and he met so many new friends,” Gorney told Travel + Leisure. And it’s all documented on social media for the world to enjoy.

Kevin and his human were the first ones ever, outside of aquarium staff, to see Winter’s new home in the larger space. And with Winter’s (and the Aquarium’s) permission, Kevin went for a quick swim in Winter’s former home under the care of an animal specialist.

Kevin had also some time with other animals who live at the Rufus Beach section of the aquarium.

The fun didn’t stop there. Kevin also checked out the shiny new Stone Dolphin Complex with five pools, meeting Winter IRL along with dolphin pals PJ, Hope, Nicholas, and Hemingway.

To round off the day, Kevin got to go for a swim in the Winter Zone with animal care specialist Katie – talk about an action-packed day.

Speaking to Travel & Leisure, Katie said: “Swimming with Kevin in Winter’s old home was definitely a day I won’t forget.

“Not only was it easier to breathe because we were above water, but it was an extra special moment where my passions for animals, the environment, and our oceans all combined. I absolutely love all our rescued animals at CMA, but there is just something about a dog that makes me smile.”


We wish Kevin could go to the aquarium every day.

“I think this was honestly the best day of Kevin’s life! We are so thankful for all opportunities Kevin has been given,” said Gorney. “His favorite part was definitely meeting Winter, and also getting to swim in the Winter Zone with some animal care specialists.”

For more adorable adventures, follow Kevin and his hats on Instagram and TikTok. And learn more about Winter and her new habitat on the Clearwater Marine Aquarium website.