Title: Behind the Dolphin Smile
Publisher: Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Publication Date: 1988
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +
Signed: Signed by Author
Signed by the author on the front endpaper: "Dolphin Watch / Key West 92 / Richard O'Barry." A dramatic case for keeping dolphins in their natural environment, by the trainer of "Flipper." Quarterbound in blue paper-covered boards with a black cloth, silver-lettered spine. The book is square and unmarked; top corners bumped; foxing to page edges. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $17.95); light edgewear at spine ends, corners. Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 004998
Synopsis: People who have faced death often speak of their lives flashing before their lives. Something much different happened to dolphin trainer Richard O'Barry when one of the dolphins that played Flipper on television died of stress in his arms. He realized that most of his career as an animal trainer had been a mistake and that dolphins have as much right to freedom as humans. He vowed not to rest until he freed every last dolphin that could be returned to the wild successfully.
This is a true story that will move not only animal lovers but everyone who loves a well-told tale. Ric O'Barry had everything-money, flashy cars, pretty women-but it wasn't enough to keep his conscience at bay. He began to understand that dolphins were easy to train because of their great intelligence, not his great talent, and keeping them in captivity was cruel and morally wrong. While research and entertainment are important to human life, they are not worth the cost to these beautiful and gentle animals.
O'Barry was arrested trying to free a dolphin, but that didn't stop him, and he now devotes his life to untraining dolphins and returning them to their natural habitats. Once the pride of the billion-dollar dolphin captivity industry, he has since become its nemesis.
About the Author:
Richard O'Barry, founder and executive director of Dolphin Project, Inc., is a world-renowned advocate for dolphin freedom. He received the 1991 United Nations Environmental Achievement Award for his accomplishments in dolphin re-adaptation. He lives in Coconut Grove, Florida.
Keith Coulbourn is a mystery writer and former newspaper journalist. He lives in Miami, Florida.
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