Behind the Dolphin Smile

Behind the Dolphin Smile, Ric O’Barry’s classic book, chronicles his experiences with Flipper and his change of heart to protect dolphins from captivity. This new edition includes a foreward by author Susan Casey and a preface about Ric’s campaign and his role in the Academy Awarding® documentary The Cove.

Richard O’Barry, founder of the Dolphin Project Inc., is a world-renowned advocate for dolphin freedom. He starred in the Academy Awarding®–winning documentary The Cove and in his son Lincoln O’Barry’s television series, Blood Dolphins, on Animal Planet and Planet Green. He lives in South Miami, Florida.

Keith Coulbourn is a mystery writer and former newspaper journalist. He lives in Miami, Florida.

Susan Casey is the author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean, and The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks. She is the editor-in-chief of O, the Oprah Magazine. She lives in New York City and Maui.


“The ultimate dolphin freedom fighter.”  O Magazine

“2010 Game Changer in Green”  Huffington Post

“He’s my hero…Ric you’re an amazing man.”  Larry King

“To call this book riveting would be an understatement; it is absolutely fascinating.”  Australia Times

“An engaging memoir…a refreshing down-to-earth look at men [and] dolphins.” Kirkus

“You’re my hero Ric…”  Ben Stiller

Behind The Dolphin Smile

Behind The Dolphin Smile


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