About Us

Our History

The goal of Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is to put an end to dolphin exploitation and slaughter once and for all. Dolphins are regularly captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit. The Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters in countries around the world, but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins, investigate and advocate for economic alternatives to dolphin slaughter exploitation, and to put a permanent end to dolphin captivity.

The Dolphin Project has achieved many important victories for dolphins over the years. We brought the world’s attention to the brutal drive hunts taking place along the coast of Japan, as seen in the 2009 Academy Award-winning feature documentary “The Cove,” we successfully negotiated for an end to the dolphin slaughter in the Solomon Islands and we continue to raise awareness that captivity is cruel.

Ric O’Barry has been working towards these goals for over 46 years, and continues his quest to put an end to dolphin suffering. The Dolphin Project symbolically began on Earth Day 1970 when Ric attempted to free a captive dolphin in Bimini. Since that time, he has readapted and/or released over 20 dolphins back into the wild. Learn More HERE


Who We Are

Learn more about Ric O’Barry and our incredible team around the world HERE



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