Dolphin Project is a non-profit charitable organization, dedicated to the welfare and protection of dolphins worldwide. Founded by Richard (Ric) O’Barry on Earth Day, April 22, 1970, the organization aims to educate the public about captivity and, where feasible, free captive dolphins. 

The mission of the Dolphin Project is to end dolphin exploitation and slaughter, as dolphins are routinely captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit. Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters 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. 

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1960-1962 Ric O"Barry works as a dolphin trainer at the Miami Seaquarium.
1964 Ric is hired to captured and train the Flipper dolphins,
1969 Ric"s favorite Flipper Dolphin dies in his arms.
Earthday April 22nd 1970 Ric founds the Dolphin Project w/ a donation from Fred Neil & Steven Stills
1975 Liberty & Florida releasedNOVEMBER 1975Liberty and florida were flown by seplane to the bahamas and released back into the wild.
1994 / Joe and Rosie Released
1995 Ric Releases Dolphin From Haiti2002 - Haiti br/>Dolphin Rescue Short video description
1997 Ric rehabs and release "Flipper", the last captive dolphin in brazil, back into the wild.
2001 Guatemala Ariel and Turbo – They were scooped from the clear waters of the Caribbean, put to work in a traveling dolphin show. Released in 2001
2003 Ric visits The Cove in Taiji for the first time.
2010 The Cove wins the Oscar
2014 Dolphin Project files a lawsuit against the Taiji Whale Museum




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