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Behind the Dolphin Smile

One Man's Campaign to Protect the World's Dolphins

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Behind the Dolphin Smile is the heart-felt true story of an animal lover who dedicated his life to studying and training dolphins, but in the process discovered that he ultimately needed to set them free. Ric O’Barry shares his journey with dolphins and other sea mammals in this captivating autobiographical look back at his years as a dolphin trainer for aquatic theme parks, movies, and television. Also included is a preface relaying a first-hand account of his adventures filming the 2010 Academy Award–winning documentary The Cove, which covertly uncovered Japan’s inhumane dolphin-hunting practices. O’Barry, a successful animal trainer who had had everything—money, flashy cars, pretty women—came to realize that dolphins were easy to train, not because of his great talent, but because they possessed great intelligence, and that keeping them in captivity was cruel and morally wrong. O’Barry now dedicates his life to stopping the exploitation of these exceptional mammals by retraining them to return to their natural habitats.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 31, 1990 – Shapiro is alive--despite an obit that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association asserting that the ``bourgeois poet'' from Baltimore had committed suicide. In this second and final volume of his confessional (a word he loathes), Shapiro writes in the third person (referring to himself as ``the poet'') about his life, career and travels (to India, Japan and Italy) from 1945 until his retirement in California. Here are amusing accounts of his teaching jobs, poetry consultancy at the Library of Congress, editorship of Poetry magazine, friendship with Ellen (Mrs. Adlai) Stevenson, the ``downhill speed'' of American poetry and Shapiro's reputation in recent years. Disappointly, except for ``At Auden's Grave,'' there are few specific references to his own poetry and why he wrote as he did. More of these would have been preferable to reminiscences of his dull extramarital encounters. Photos.

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Behind the Dolphin Smile

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Behind the Dolphin Smile
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Nature
  • Published: Dec 12, 2011
  • Publisher: Insight Editions
  • Seller: Insight Editions, LP
  • Print Length: 285 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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