Read ‘Behind the Dolphin Smile’ – One man’s campaign to protect the world’s dolphins.

Richard O'Barry

Behind the Dolphin Smile

The story of a man who went from dolphin trainer to world-renowned champion for dolphin freedom.

Richard O’Barry, and Keith Coulbourn

Genre: Non-fiction, autobiography

Suitability: All ages

Released: April, 2012

Key Focus: Dolphins

Synopsis: “Behind the Dolphin Smile” gives a captivating autobiographical account of Richard O’Barry’s incredible journey from dolphin trainer for the TV series ‘Flipper’ to world-renowned champion for dolphin freedom. Read how his career as a trainer came to an abrupt end when one of the ‘Flipper’ dolphins died of stress in his arms. He realized that keeping captive dolphins and teaching them to do tricks was cruel and morally wrong. He now understood that dolphins were easy to train, not due to his gifts as a trainer, but because they are so intelligent. He vowed not to rest until he freed every last one of them.

O’Barry came to recent prominence with the Academy Award(R)-winning documentary movie “The Cove” (2009), which covertly uncovered Japan’s inhumane murderous dolphin hunting practices. He is now founder of the Dolphin Project Inc. and director of Earth Island Institute’s Save Japan Dolphins campaign.

Keywords: captive dolphins, animal welfare, wild animal collecting, activism

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Learn: Watch “The Cove” – The Academy Award-winning 2009 documentary exposing dolphin hunting practices in Japan. Find out more.

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