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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Adventurers & Explorers
  • Language:English
  • Pages:172
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098310530

Dolphins & Penn: Tacking Through Life

by Penn Clarke

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Overview
Join Penn Clarke on his journey, helped by 70 photos and illustrations in this exciting new book Dolphins & Penn: Tacking Through Life. Dolphins, sailing, and traveling are Penn's passions. Since 1976, he has volunteered time studying dolphins alongside scientists in both natural environments and managed situations. He continues today through his non-profit Dolphin Relief and Research (DolphinRnR), supporting those who protect dolphins in the wild from pollutants and other travesties. Penn's love for the sea stems from his youth on the waters around New York City and in Illinois. Later as an adult with a 100-ton sail captain's license, he began living aboard and chartering sailboats. Not one to sit still, he decided early on to see the world while young. Penn's travels took him around the world four times, and in his 38-ft sailboat, he completed the Great Loop Trip. His travels continued on many side trips with surprises that used up some of his nine lives. A major earthquake, a 707-jet plane flying upside down, a train trip through Siberia in 1991? In his writings, Penn brings together fifty years of daily diaries and a lifetime of memories to share stories like his eyewitness account of the 9/11 tragedy from his sailboat. There is no sailing straight into the wind. It is changing course, steering into and through the wind – tacking – that keeps Penn and his Mystic Turtle sailboats moving forward.
Description
Join Penn Clarke on his journey, helped by 70 photos and illustrations in this exciting new book Dolphins & Penn: Tacking Through Life. Dolphins, sailing, and around the world traveling are Penn's passions. He has studied dolphins since a close encounter with three of them in the Bahamas in 1976. Penn tells about his extensive volunteer work with dolphins in the wild as well as two managed situations. His U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton sail captain's license since 1983 helps him perform tasks on the water for scientists like Brian Balmer who study effects of oil spills, red tides, and super fund site pollutions on wild dolphins. For one month in 1987 Penn learned to use sign language to communicate with four managed dolphins at the University of Hawaii. Penn founded the non-profit Dolphin Relief and Research in 2009 to financially assist scientists in learning more about these intelligent marine mammals. There is no sailing straight into the wind. It is changing course, steering into and through the wind – tacking – that keeps Penn and his Mystic Turtle sailboats moving forward. Travel with Penn on his 38-foot sailboat as he does a 7-month journey named the Great Loop Trip through the United States and Canada. Meet people who are lifelong friends that Penn first met on one of his 4 trips traveling around the world. Enjoy other travels that Penn calls Side Trips like his experiences in Australia and Greece multiple times or Siberia in 1991. Through his words, experience Penn as a full time live-aboard sailor for 15 years. On September 10, 2001, Penn unsuspecting sailed down the Hudson River into NY Harbor. The tragedy of 9/11 unfolds with his eyewitness account. See photos taken from his sailboat including one of a plane he thought was going to take out the Empire State Building while both towers burned below. Visit his website DolphinRnR to see complete videos taken from his sailboat including both towers collapsing and learn more about dolphins.
About the author
Penn Clarke is passionate about dolphins, sailing, and travel. He has studied dolphins since a close encounter with three of them in the Bahamas in 1976. Penn is the founder of the non-profit Dolphin Relief and Research. His volunteer efforts include work with scientists studying the health of dolphins on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts. Penn also gave time alongside researchers working with managed dolphins using sign language and studying their whistles and behaviors. Tacking through life with its joys and trials is made better by the dolphins Penn encounters while living aboard his sailboats for 15 years, traveling around the world four times, taking the Great Loop Trip, and his numerous side trips. Penn continues to revisit longtime friends across the globe. In his writings, he brings together fifty years of daily diaries and a lifetime of memories to share stories like his witness to the 9/11 tragedy, even the collapse of both towers, videoed from his sailboat. There is no sailing straight into the wind. It is changing course, steering into and through the wind – tacking – that keeps Penn and his Mystic Turtle sailboats moving forward. Dolphins & Penn: Tacking Through Life takes you along his journey.

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