Behind the Dolphin Smile
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Behind the Dolphin Smile

By (author) Richard O'Barry , By (author) Keith Coulbourn

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As Flipper's trainer for the TV series, the author did very well in terms of material success. His ideas changed when a dolphin died in his arms and from that moment on he set about liberating dolphins. This book records his successes so far.

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 26mm | 498.95g
  • 03 Apr 2012
  • Insight Editions, Div of Palace Publishing Group, LP
  • San Rafael
  • English
  • Original
  • 1608871053
  • 9781608871056
  • 135,094

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Author Information

Richard O'Barry, founder of the Dolphin Project Inc. and director of Earth Island Institute's Save Japan Dolphins campaign, is a world-renowned advocate for dolphin freedom. He starred in the Academy Awarding(R)-winning documentary "The Cove" and in his son Lincoln O'Barry's television series, "Blood Dolphins," on Animal Planet and Planet Green. He lives in South Miami, Florida. Keith Coulbourn is a mystery writer and former newspaper journalist. He lives in Miami, Florida. Susan Casey is the author of "The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean," and "The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks." She lives in New York City and Maui.

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"The ultimate dolphin freedom fighter." -- "O Magazine", which included Richard O'Barry on its 2010 O Power List

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"Behind the Dolphin Smile" chronicles Richard O'Barry's extraordinary journey from dolphin trainer to world-renowned advocate for dolphin freedom. In his early years, O'Barry trained dolphins to entertain audiences for shows at aquatic theme parks and for roles in movies and television shows, most notably "Flipper." His career as a trainer came to an abrupt halt when one of the dolphins that played Flipper on television died of stress in his arms. At that moment, he realized that keeping dolphins in captivity and teaching them to do tricks was cruel and morally wrong. He began to understand that dolphins were easy to train not because of his gifts as a trainer, but because they are remarkably intelligent, and he vowed not to rest until he freed every last one of them. O'Barry's first arrest in the 1970s for trying to free a caged dolphin in the Bahamas eventually led to his starring role in the 2010 Academy Award(R)-winning documentary "The Cove," which exposed to the world Japan's horrific annual dolphin slaughter. Included in this new edition is a preface on O'Barry's role in this riveting documentary, which has garnered more awards than any other in its genre, as well as information on his campaigns to stop the slaughter of dolphins. Share and rejoice in O'Barry's adventures, from "Flipper" to "The Cove," and discover how the one-time pride of the billion-dollar captivity industry became the tireless dolphin advocate we know and love today.

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