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Once the dolphins are trapped in the cove, the fishermen slash the animals舗 throats with knives or stab them with spears. The water turns red with dolphin blood, and the air fills with their screams. This brutal massacre goes on for six months of every year, generally between September and April. Even more scandalous than this massacre, members of the international aquarium industry take advantage of the slaughter to obtain a few show-quality dolphins for use in captive dolphin shows and swim-with programs.
So the whole world, to some extent, has grown up with him. I grew to respect and love all five of the dolphins that played the part of Flipper, but especially Kathy. The most valuable and highly trained animal in the world, she played the role most of the time. Six days before my flight to Bimini, Kathy had died most horribly in my arms of a broken heart. Bimini, a dot on the map, is about fifty miles east of Miami舒just across the Gulf Stream. The commuter trip is made by Chalk舗s Flying Service.
I looked at my watch. Good Lord! Ten o舗clock. I had ten more hours to kill! I thought about my mission once again. It was a simple job but also quite exacting. I would cut down the fence of Charlie Brown舗s pen and he would escape. That was the simple part. At this point, it was mere vandalism. The part that was quite exacting required that I break only the law that I intended to challenge. No point in being arrested for the wrong crime. After I had freed Charlie Brown, I had two options, it seemed to me: 1.