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Behind the Dolphin smile: One Man's Campaign to Protect the World's Dolphins Paperback – January 1, 2012
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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®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.
Top Customer Reviews
On an ordinary August day, I watched a documentary. On an ordinary August day, I saw images on my television screen that seemed unreal. On an ordinary August day, tears flowed freely as my eyes witnessed an evil they hadn't been exposed to before. On an ordinary August day, nothing at all was ordinary.
That documentary, "The Cove", opened my eyes to a harsh reality; one that I needed to know.
This book dives deeper into the motivation behind that film and behind O'Barry's campaign against the unjust cruelty that takes place in this world against a creature that has done no wrong.
There are people who scoff - "They're just dolphins," they say.
No, they're not just dolphins. They are innocent and beautiful creations of God.
Genesis 1:21 says, "So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm...And God saw that it was good."
God saw His creation as good. God loves everything He created. He loves us humans, who are full of sin and evil. But an innocent creature, like the dolphin, has no sin - yet, they are mistreated and slaughtered when they deserve to be free to roam the great ocean.
O'Barry writes about his days as a successful dolphin trainer - the days when he had success, fame and everything he could have ever wanted. But his life was forever changed when his eyes were opened to how cruel it was to keep an animal so intelligent in captivity. His new goal in life: stop dolphin abuse and free as many as he could back into the wild.
O'Barry is a true inspiration.Read more ›
By Mark J. Palmer
International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute
Richard (Ric) O'Barry has issued a new edition of his 1988 book "Behind the Dolphin Smile", an autobiography of how he started as a dolphin trainer, including training the dolphins used in the hit 1960's television show "Flipper", and became the world's best known activist for dolphin protection and freedom from captivity.
(Full disclosure: I am an employee of Earth Island Institute and work with Ric O'Barry on dolphin protection issues. I also helped edit this new edition of "Behind the Dolphin Smile".)
This edition includes a new Forward by adventure writer Susan Casey, author of "The Wave" and "The Devil's Teeth", and editor of Oprah Winfrey's "O Magazine". O'Barry has also added a new Preface about the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove", which stars O'Barry, and his campaign to end the largest slaughter of dolphins in the world in Japan.
"Behind the Dolphin Smile" is well written with O'Barry's straightforward and very personal style, as if you were having a conversation with him over beers. And his life has been quite a roller-coaster ride.
While still in the Navy, O'Barry went on leave one day to the Miami Seaquarium, where he decided he wanted to "be the guy feeding the fish" in the large tank. And that is what he did, using his Navy training in diving in good stead at the Seaquarium for many years.
He participated in capturing the five female dolphins that were to play the part of Flipper in the television show, following two hit movies.Read more ›
Not just because its about dolphins and how Ric O'Barry saves them, but also the incredible adventures in between! Beautifully written context upon which O'Barry lays a compelling journey full of laughs and tears. The fight to free all the captive dolphins from their prisons has been a movement that has grown exponentially over the year thanks to Blackfish (a MUST SEE) but O'Barry's documentary The Cove was so stunning the pain is still with me now. Don't miss it. This book and his The Cove film show the horrors of captivity and the truth behind that gorgeous yet deceiving dolphin smile.
Do not support cruelty, STOP buying tickets to Aquariums and Abusement parks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ric O'Barry is hero and example for the acts of bravery to educate and influence thought and policy on the crimes against cetaceans which occur from thoughtless mistreatment of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by wp
I read this book when I was 12. It touched me deeply. I remember sending my allowance to help his cause. The story of Cathy made me weep. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sara R.
A book to truly learn from. What he has come from and built a life from to save the Dolphins is beautiful. A true heartfelt story of his lifelong dedication to these mammals. Read morePublished 21 months ago by NYTXBombshell
FLIPPER was my favorite show as a child. It was interesting to learn what the life of these captive dolphins is really like. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Linda D. Hollowell
. . . and all other wild creatures in zoos and aquariums. I am very impressed with the work done by Richard O'Barry in stopping something that should have never started. Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by Jacquelyn