Ricky and Lucy are both African Great White Pelicans, who collectively played the part of "Rufus" in the movie Dolphin Tale. These birds were in training for six weeks in California with their trainers before they came to Clearwater, Florida to shoot the blockbuster hit. This was not their first experience working in front of a camera as they were also used for the movie "Zohan" starring Adam Sandler.
Both Ricky and Lucy were born under human care in Florida and thus don’t have the necessarily skills to survive in the wild. They now call CMA home and serve as important ambassadors for their species and other sea birds that surround our waterways. They help us bring awareness to other wildlife along our coastal waters as they interact with trainers at both the Aquarium and Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure. Lucy is the more social of the two birds and was used for all scenes requiring flight and retrieval. Ricky is not as social as Lucy; however, he is still very reliable once he is trained to learn a new behavior.