Included in this new edition is a preface on O’Barry’s role in the riveting documentary The Cove, which has garnered more awards than any other in its genre, as well as information on his campaigns to stop the slaughter of dolphins. O’Barry’s new edition of Behind the Dolphin Smile serves as a platform to inform new generations on the international plight of dolphins and inspire those willing to join the cause.
"Though Behind the Dolphin Smile succeeds on many levels—as a biography, an
adventure tale, a dolphin primer, a wonderful, page-turning narrative—at heart it is
something more than all of them. This, it seems to me, is a love story."
—Susan Casey, from the Foreword
We're totally thrilled to have interviewed Ric O'Barry about the new edition of his book Behind the Dolphin smile- a book that gives us an in-depth look at his continuing tireless efforts to free cetaceans from the slavery of the marine park industry, and to stop the slaughter of these beautiful animals.
Blue Freedom: Mr. O'Barry, thank you so much for joining us to talk about your book. Can you tell us about what inspired you to write Behind the Dolphin Smile?
Blue Freedom: What message does the book bring to it’s readers?
Ric O'Barry: First, I hope, people will have a new appreciation about dolphins, about why captivity is wrong, and why dolphins belong in the wild ocean. I think the story of my life shows how one guy, who loves dolphins, did a complete turn-around on keeping dolphins in small tanks doing dumb tricks for the public. In a small way, I hope to change other people's minds, both about dolphins and about why we need to care more about the health and well-being of the oceans and all its inhabitants.
Blue Freedom: You’ve worked with dolphins in the past, can you tell us about a few of the individual dolphins that had a part in changing the way you viewed captivity?
Blue Freedom: You've seen dolphins in the wild and in captivity; can you tell us which you think is the most educational and which would you recommend to someone who wants to learn more about these animals?
Blue Freedom: What advice would you give to someone who is considering purchasing a ticket to a marine park?
Ric O'Barry: It is all about the money -- the only reason dolphins are kept in captivity today is not for education, not for conservation, and not for science. If people did not pay to go see dolphins, dolphins would not be enslaved. There are plenty of alternative ways to enjoy the REAL ocean and wild dolphins without buying a ticket to see dolphins do dumb tricks that have nothing to do with their real lives.
Blue Freedom: What is your hope for the book?
Thank you to the Earth Island Institute, Save Japan Dolphins and various sites for use of photos.
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