Ricky is an African great white pelican who played one of the pelicans for the part of “Rufus” in the movie Dolphin Tale. This was not Ricky’s first experience working in front of a camera, as he was also in the movie Zohan starring Adam Sandler. The second largest in the pelican family, African great whites have a white plumage (feathers) with a pink facial patch and yellow legs. They have a very large wingspan of up to 9 feet but are very light, typically weighing between 15-17 pounds due to their hollow bones. Ricky’s diet consists of fish, preferring silver slides and capelin. Ricky now calls Clearwater Marine Aquarium home and serves as an important ambassador for his species and other sea birds that surround our waterways, helping bring awareness to wildlife along our coastal waters.
*Clearwater Marine Aquarium mourns the loss of Lucy, who passed away on June 9, 2015.