- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Earth Aware Editions; Original edition (January 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608871053
- ISBN-13: 978-1608871056
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Behind the Dolphin smile: One Man's Campaign to Protect the World's Dolphins Paperback – January 1, 2012
"How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" by Sy Montgomery
“This is a beautiful book — essential reading for anyone who loves animals and knows how much they can teach us about being human.” ― Gwen Cooper, author of "Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat" Pre-order today
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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.
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For me I felt that this book does drive to home how one man came to the conclusion that these animals shouldn't be held in captivity. He doesn't smash you over the head with it constantly, rather you get bits and pieces about what is wrong with the industry as a whole. Now be aware that a lot of the attitudes of the individuals in this book are based on the time period. While it may seem obvious to us now, the fact that animals have thoughts and emotions was pretty controversial. Animals were seen as little more than living breathing machines. Rick learned that this was wrong. Dolphins are able to do these tricks not because people are great trainers, but because the animal itself is incredibly intelligent. You learn along with him why no dolphin should be confined in a tank.
I would recommend this book to anyone, especially to fans of the Flipper show. It not only gives you some great behind the scenes looks of the show, but gives a powerful environmental message about respecting dolphins as they are, not as we want them to be.
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.