By Kirsten Massebeau
Ric O’Barry has spent a lifetime advocating for dolphins. In his recently updated book, co written with Keith Coulbourn, “Behind the Dolphin Smile” the reader takes a journey from Ric’s early experiences as a Dolphin Trainer and the star of Flipper, to his awakening as a dolphin activist when a dolphin named Cathy died in his arms at the Miami Seaquarium:
“She was really depressed… You have to understand dolphins and whales are not [involuntary] air breathers like we are. Every breath they take is a conscious effort. They can end their life whenever. She swam into my arms and looked me right in the eye, took a breath and didn’t take another one. I let her go and she sank straight down on her belly to the bottom of the tank.”(Ric O’Barry)
Ric’ O’Barry has fought tirelessly for dolphins. “Behind the Dolphin Smile” documents Ric’s work as an advocate for dolphins worldwide opposing captivity, slaughter, and helping captive dolphins return to freedom.
. This updated edition also includes a preface on drive fisheries, what is happening to end the slaughter and capture of dolphins in Taiji, and his academy award-winning film, “The Cove“.
“Behind the Dolphin Smile” is a must have for dolphin activists and dolphin lovers. The book is both inspiring and educational. As always Ric O’Barry reminds us not to be fooled by the dolphin smile.
To learn more go to Save Japan Dolphins “Behind the Dolphin Smile”