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Girl Scout penny drive adopts wild dolphin

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A group of Girl Scouts saved a wild dolphin -- one penny at a time.

Service Unit No. 650 partnered with the South Carolina Aquarium to adopt a wild dolphin, but they needed to raise $500. So, they started a penny drive.

Twelve troops participated in the project and raised $811. Aquarium officials said the donation is the single largest donation the wild dolphin program has ever received.

The three troops who raised the most pennies -- Troops 314, 979, and 915 with $318.38, $110.14 and $83.06, respectively -- were awarded with a dolphin boat tour in Charleston Harbor.

On Saturday, the Scouts gathered at the aquarium to present their check for $811.

The dolphin had been named Penny because of a patch on her fin, but the Girl Scouts thought a more appropriate name for the dolphin would be Penny and changed it.

For more information on the wild dolphin adoptions, visit www.scaquarium.org/adopt.

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