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New Book Provides An Insider's Account of One of the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Programs

Author recalls time working with sea lions in U.S. Navy Project Quick Find

     Panama City, FL — February 1, 2015 —  In 1972 in Coronado, California, author and U.S. Navy SEAL, Michael P. Wood transitions from combat in Vietnam to begin his work with Project Quick Find. The newly-created Navy program involved capturing and training sea lions to recover anti-submarine rockets from the ocean floor at missile ranges in Florida, Virginia and California.

     In Project Quick Find: Memoirs of a U.S. Navy SEAL Training Sea Lions, (published by Lulu), documents his time with Project Quick Find from 1972-1979, recalling fond and often hilarious memories of the sea lions and their trainers. The author witnessed the earlier beginnings of the program as an original member and was a major part of its success and ultimate official recognition and certification by the Navy.

     The author is also an award winning Military Photojournalist and has photographically documented the development and progress of Project Quick Find with photographs never before seen producing an essential and insightful addition to SEAL history and to the long history of the use of animals by the military.

        Praise for "Project Quick Find"

              — "Wood's story, which recounts his experience as a Project Quick Find  plank owner (original crew member), is rich with anecdotes recounting the hard work and occasional hijinks (some side-splittingly hilarious) that went into creating and developing the program"

               — Dwight Jon Zimmerman, award winning military historian and #1 New York Times bestselling writer

About the Author

Author, CDR Michael P. Wood (USN-Ret) served 34 years initially as an enlisted SEAL point man in Vietnam but transferred his skills as a Navy photographer and became a marine mammal trainer. This was followed by acceptance into the Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications military photojournalism program quickly becoming an award winning military photojournalist. He was set on further advancement and became a Naval Officer obtaining many leadership duties and awards in Naval Special Warfare retiring as a Navy Commander in 2003. It was his photojournalism calling that stirred him to write this, his second book, about Project Quick Find.

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