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By Richard O'Barry

Behind the Dolphin Smile is the heart-felt actual tale of an animal lover who committed his existence to learning and coaching dolphins, yet within the approach found that he eventually had to set them unfastened. Ric O’Barry stocks his trip with dolphins and different sea mammals during this attractive autobiographical glance again at his years as a dolphin coach for aquatic topic parks, videos, and tv. additionally integrated is a preface relaying a first-hand account of his adventures filming the 2010 Academy Award–winning documentary The Cove, which covertly exposed Japan’s inhumane dolphin-hunting practices. O’Barry, a profitable animal coach who had had everything—money, flashy automobiles, beautiful women—came to achieve that dolphins have been effortless to coach, no longer due to his nice expertise, yet simply because they possessed nice intelligence, and that maintaining them in captivity used to be merciless and morally mistaken. O’Barry now dedicates his existence to preventing the exploitation of those extraordinary mammals by means of retraining them to come to their ordinary habitats.

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And who could tell? I finally finished the beer and walked down to Lerner Marine Lab. The same guard was there. He was not just the guard, he was also the utility man. He cut the grass, changed the lightbulbs, and, as I noticed now, fed the fish. Fed the fish? He was dumping food in. Big chunks of it. Charlie Brown alone was supposed to eat 15 to 20 pounds of fish a day, so the guard must have been dumping 80 to 100 pounds of fish in all the pens every day. I had fed the fish at the Seaquarium for years.

Flipper is a dolphin, a Tursiops truncatus, or Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Dolphins are members of the whale family, and thus, like all whales, they are mammals. Many people use the term porpoise instead of dolphin. Porpoise, from the Latin word for 舠pig fish,舡 was the term commonly used until recently, but now it more often refers to a small branch of whales. Unfortunately, the name dolphin also refers to a popular game fish, Coryphaena hippurus. The important thing to remember is that when you order dolphin in a restaurant, you are served the fish, not the mammal.

I listened. And there it was, the excited clicking, the popping and other sonar sounds. He was still in the pen. 舠Come on, Charlie Brown. 舡 Like all dolphins, he was curious and came over to the edge of the pen to 舠see舡 what was going on, but also he was cautious and held back. One of the most difficult things I ever tried to get dolphins to do in the Flipper series was to go under something like the four-by-eight-inch beam. There was no fence below the beam now舒except perhaps in Charlie Brown舗s mind.

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