By Richard O'Barry
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The names of a few people in the book have been changed because, it seems to me now, they were less bad than simply ignorant. Even my own name was changed, but for a very different reason. In the days of this book, my last name was O舗Feldman. 舡 When directors thought of O舗Feldman, they thought automatically of 舠the dolphin man,舡 and if dolphins weren舗t involved in the script, nobody called. Rather than struggle with that stereotype all my life, I changed my name. It had been Richard Barry O舗Feldman; I shortened it to Richard O舗Barry.
From the air the water was a vast emerald, flashing a thousand greens and blues. As we approached Bimini, I could see everything it had to offer. Brown舗s Marina. The End of the World Saloon. The Bahama Mama Hotel. The native settlement of Alicetowne. My eye went to where I was headed, to the Lerner Marine Lab and its dolphin pen protruding out into the harbor. MEETING CHARLIE BROWN As the plane cocked itself on its port side to come in for a landing, I squinted down for a glimpse of Charlie Brown alone in his pen and remembered spending time with him on my last trip here a couple of months earlier.
First screened in the fall of 2009 for two limited shows in Japan, the film was attacked by the fishermen of Taiji (who attended the second screening at the Tokyo Film Festival, along with representatives of the Japan Fisheries Agency), bolstered by extreme nationalist groups that have connections with the powerful fishermen舗s unions, Japan舗s underworld yakuza, and the Japanese Fisheries Agency. The nationalist groups have attacked the film as being 舠anti-Japanese,舡 which it is not. They have claimed there are errors in the film, but the errors they refer to are minor compared to the truth of the overall story.