By CALVIN PYNN
Debbie “Takara” Shelor’s life changed a couple decades ago when she first came face to face with a dolphin as she was swimming in the ocean.
The transformative experience inspired Shelor to shift her focus to the well-being of whales and dolphins (or cetaceans), and the bond the creatures can share with humans. She left her career as an engineer behind, and has since founded a nonprofit organization for whales and dolphins, and published several novels.
Shelor, who is now based in Radford, released her most recent book, “Dolphins & Whales Forever,” in March. It is a collaborative work, as Shelor reached out to others who have experienced similar encounters with dolphins and whales, and shared their stories within its pages.
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