Show business' lure leads 3 to deep-six retirement

July 29, 1992|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

MIAMI -- Retirement didn't sit well with Molly and Lady. A life of leisure in their pen at Key Largo's exclusive Ocean Reef Club just couldn't match the excitement of their show business career.

So they high-tailed it out of there and took 8-year-old Bacall with them. Now they're making a come back -- three shows a day at the Links at Key Biscayne.

"They seem to be coming up at 10, 12 and 5 o'clock. That's exactly their show schedule," said Rick Trout, Ocean Reef's senior dolphin trainer, who cares for Molly, Lady and Bacall.

The three dolphins fled their home July 18 after being spooked by a lemon shark. Last week, they resurfaced in a lagoon off the 18th fairway and have since shuttled back and forth to a nearby marina, where they've drawn crowds and earned fishy rewards.

Ric O'Barry, director of the Dolphin Project in Coconut Grove, and Mr. Trout have been trying to lure the dolphins to safer waters and to see how they fare on their own. The three may be too domesticated to survive in the wild.

"I found them, and I'm not going to let something stupid kill them," Mr. Trout said.

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