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From the sailing whales of Patagonia to the neurotic attack dolphins of Brazil, a behind-the-scenes view of the making of many of Flip Nicklin's National Geographic magazine stories of the last few decades (and other assorted craziness). If you appreciate the beautiful photos of whales and dolphins that appear in your books and calenders, then you 'll appreciate these engaging, often hilarious, tales of what went into the making of some of them.
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Overview

From the sailing whales of Patagonia to the neurotic attack dolphins of Brazil, a behind-the-scenes view of the making of many of Flip Nicklin's National Geographic magazine stories of the last few decades (and other assorted craziness). If you appreciate the beautiful photos of whales and dolphins that appear in your books and calenders, then you 'll appreciate these engaging, often hilarious, tales of what went into the making of some of them.
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A debut collection that goes beyond ordinary fish tales. Over the course of his maritime career, Bennett has traveled all over the world in a variety of occupations, often as part of a team from National Geographic, affording him a unique perspective that allowed him to witness events from behind the camera and behind the wheel. This book contains elements of solid travel writing, from cultural misunderstandings and local cuisine to harrowing conditions and unexpected detours. For example, Bennett recounts a close call with protestors as he attempted to leave Panama during the chaos preceding the United States' invasion in 1989. Particular readers will notice a penchant for run-on sentences, pun-filled chapter subtitles and the repetition of certain words in close proximity: "Despite our little dysfunctional film family, we were getting into some interesting situations with the whales and getting some good footage, and I was getting introduced to a whole new world." However, there are many amusing, sharply rendered moments to make up for these minor drawbacks. A hermit crab on Cocos Island, designated as camp mascot, receives the moniker Thomas Pynchon. A tube-shaped signaling device for divers who become disoriented is nicknamed the Weenie-of-Shame. Student interest in marine life and sea travel may tempt parents and educators to share this book with younger readers, but some portions of the text may not be appropriate for children due to saltier content. Nonetheless, many passages could be excerpted for general consumption, most notably the final chapter, where Bennett explains his key role in rescuing an orca that faced an uncertain future after becoming separated from her pod. As the plan develops to transport Springer from Seattle to Vancouver Island in a large tank on a modified passenger ferry, Bennett touches on logistical issues, animal behavior, respect for indigenous peoples and the importance of collaborative endeavors, in which each person makes contributions from his or her area of expertise. In this story of reunification, Bennett presents a lesson applicable for everyone, strengthening the thematic unity of his collection. A respectable first effort full of entertaining anecdotes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452873923
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    If you┬┐re like me, you love reading the story behind a story. So

    If you’re like me, you love reading the story behind a story. Sometimes the most interesting, hilarious, and outrageous details are hiding there. In Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other Stories, Capt. Michael Bennett reveals all that and more.

    For over 20 years, Bennett traveled with whale photographer Flip Nicklin for National Geographic magazine. Bennett says, “If you appreciate the beautiful photos of whales and dolphins that appear in your books and calendars, then you’ll appreciate these engaging, often hilarious, tales of what went into the making of them.” And that’s not telling the half of it!

    For example, in the second chapter, Bennett receives a request from Flip Nicklin to join him on a sailing expedition in the waters off of Sri Lanka. Okay, sounds like fun, he thinks and eagerly books his flight.

    He writes, “When I exited the cab in downtown Colombo, it struck me that Sri Lanka had a quality of ‘foreignness’ to it that was unfamiliar to me. The city was incredibly busy and crowded, even in the middle of the night. Insanely busy, kicked-an-anthill busy, and colorful, odiferous, but somehow askew… Crowds of uniformly Indian looking faces surged through the streets, some with the Hindu bindi spot on the forehead, speaking languages whose sounds were totally unfamiliar to me. No Westerner was in sight. There were signs and billboards whose non-Roman letters gave me no clue to their meaning.”

    In this weird parallel universe, he manages to catch a cab that drops him off in front of his hotel, a seedy-looking place in the middle of downtown. He slogs his way through the monsoon and into the lobby. As he pulls out a wad of rupees to pay the reservationist, he becomes aware of people lurking in the dark corners, staring at his money and at his obvious foreignness. But it gets worse.

    The next morning, he rides a rickety bus to get to the other side of the island where he is to meet Flip for the whale watch. Only the bus, after traveling all day and into the night, starts spewing black smoke and shudders to a stop in the pitch-black night, completely broken down. All the locals get off the bus and disappear. So there he is, eerily alone in a strange land, slogging his way through the rain, duffel bag in hand, in what he hopes is the right direction of his destination. A car stops, and inside are people whose language he doesn't understand.

    The rest of this chapter is riveting, and I won’t spoil what happens.

    In another chapter, Capt. Bennett tells how his career began, shortly after finishing college. “My friend Carter and I, on a whim one rainy fall morning in Oregon, decided to buy these one-way plane tickets to Hawaii, a place we’d never been, but which sounded insanely attractive in a brochure we’d found.” There they camped on the beach and ate off the fruit of the land and from the sea. That adventure led to getting a job as a deckhand.

    Bennett describes adventures diving, photographing, sailing, and cruising all over the world. He and his team discover some of the rarest and most interesting underwater animals, doing ground-breaking research. They learn that whales have sophisticated societies and regional accents. He and Flip go on assignment to an uninhabited island off Central America that is rumored to contain millions in lost pirate treasure.

    Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other Stories is the best travel-adventure memoir I’ve read. Unlike most books of this type, it gets more and more interesting as it progresses. Personally, I don’t think the title does it justice, but that’s me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes travel, adventure, whales and dolphins, or to anyone who enjoys reading fun tales told with great writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Bramblepaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

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    "Dawnbreak, you tried to join Thunderclan, but never posted back. Oh, and hi Lilystar! I am back!"
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Oaktail

    Looks at lilystar "I had greencough but then it turned into a cold. I was a lot better earlier. I just got scared for the sake of the only person that I know that was close to my sister Birchwing." He looks sad at the mention of her name. -Oaktail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Lilystar to Blacksoul

    "Great! Please tell me your eye and coat color, markings, and three prsonality traits that describe you! Leave your post up telling me this for a whole day unless I tell you I have read it! And be on DAILY! I'll tell you how to become a warrior tomarrow or maybe Dawnbreak can show you! For now, why don't you go sleep with her in the warriors den! Goodnight!" Happy she finally broke some ground with the black tom, Lilystar heads off onto the plains to sleep with Goldenstripe. ~ Sleeping Lilystar

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    Posted April 15, 2012

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    Hello im tigerpelt yoi are importent help the two with the prohcy when you finshs reading this you will be out of the comma find the fourth apprentice all the cats has faced the worst riverkit was always unwanted maplekits only family was a fox you have been in a comme plus your greencought and the fourth cat has the worst

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    Posted April 15, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2010

    An exciting read, not to be missed.

    5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting read, not to be missed, December 4, 2010
    By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) - This review is from: Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other Stories: Adventures of a Reluctant Photographer's Assistant (Paperback)
    Nature photography isn't as simple as it seems. "Devil Dolphins of the Silver Lagoon and Other Stories: Adventures of a Reluctant Photographer's Assistant" is a collection of stories as Michael Bennett reflects on what occurs sometimes when these pictures are taken, and while they aren't always pretty, they can prove very amusing. "Devil Dolphins of the Silver Lagoon and Other Stories" is an exciting read, not to be missed.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    Unusual Activities in Exotic Locales!

    There are intrepid adventures most of us never do, and far-off places many of us never get to. Captain Michael Bennett has skillfully woven these elements, along with an insouciant and humorous style, into a collection of thoroughly entertaining tales.
    Perhaps the author has more such real-life, first-hand accounts pending for a later time; I look forward to his next accumulation.

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