By Richard O'Barry, Keith Coulbourn

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 chanced on that he finally had to set them loose. Ric O’Barry stocks his trip with dolphins and different sea mammals during this pleasing autobiographical glance again at his years as a dolphin coach for aquatic subject matter 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 winning animal coach who had had everything—money, flashy automobiles, lovely women—came to gain that dolphins have been effortless to coach, no longer due to his nice expertise, yet simply because they possessed nice intelligence, and that retaining them in captivity used to be merciless and morally unsuitable. O’Barry now dedicates his existence to preventing the exploitation of those unparalleled mammals by means of retraining them to come to their traditional habitats.

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