An Urgent Message from Ric O’Barry

On Sept. 30, 2014, I resigned from my position at Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project/Save Japan Dolphins (EII-IMMP). After 44 years of protecting dolphins, it was time to preserve my legacy and remain true to my roots. I believe the best way to do this is through a small grassroots organization with financial transparency.

Dolphin Project in Brussels

Now called Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, our mission remains the same: it’s about protecting dolphins, 100% of the time. Moving forward, it’s time to set the record straight.

Despite my resignation, EII continues to send out fundraising emails and blogs using my name and likeness.


Locked out of my original website ( and mailing list, EII has refused to return the website I originally created, back to me. This means I’ve been unable to update you — our well-meaning supporters, and now some of you unknowingly continue to send your donations to EII, believing they support our Cove Monitor team on the ground in Taiji.

I do not wish to use our precious resources and energy fighting EII, but their current fundraising campaigns are misrepresentative.

Even after I quit, my name, signature and likeness continue to be used without my permission.

If you have been donating to or through Earth Island Institute, please consider switching your donation over to

Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project has some phenomenal projects in the works — returning to the Solomon Islands, ending Indonesia’s traveling circus, Taiji of course, and Camp Lumba-Lumba — the first and largest permanent dolphin re-adaptation center in the world.

Ric with Brazilian Flipper

There is so much to do, but it’s only achievable with your help.



Know that you are aiding the longest-running, most active, anti-captivity dolphin welfare organization in the world. We know you share our mission and support direct action, so please ensure that you are donating to the original

Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project has applied for federal tax exemption as a 501(c)(3) public charity and if this designation is granted, then the full amount of your contribution will be deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Help us continue our urgent work — It’s Only Possible Through Your Generous Support!


For the Dolphins, Always,

Ric O’Barry


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About Ric O'Barry

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Ric O’Barry, Dolphin Project Founder & Director has worked on both sides of the captive dolphin issue, making him an invaluable asset in the efforts to end exploitation. He worked for 10 years within the dolphin captivity industry, and has spent the past 40 working against it.

In the 1960s, O’Barry was employed by the Miami Seaquarium, where he captured and trained dolphins, including the five dolphins who played the role of Flipper in the popular American TV-series of the same name. He also trained Hugo, the first orca kept in captivity east of the Mississippi. When Kathy, the dolphin who played Flipper most of the time, died in his arms, O’Barry realized that capturing dolphins and training them to perform silly tricks is simply wrong.

From that moment on, O’Barry knew what he must do with his life. On the first Earth Day, 1970, he launched a searing campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin captivity industry and has been going at it ever since.

Over the past 40 years, Ric O’Barry has rescued and rehabilitated dolphins in many countries around the world, including Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Bahamas Islands and the United States. He is a leading voice in the fight to end brutal dolphin hunts in Japan, the Solomon Islands, the Faroe Islands, and wherever else they occur.

O’Barry has been recognized by many national and international entities for his dedicated efforts, such as being voted Huffington Post’s 2010 Most Influential Green Game Changer, and being listed on O Magazine’s 2010 Power List – Men We Admire for his “Power of Passion.” O’Barry received an Environmental Achievement Award, presented by the United States Committee for the United Nations Environmental Program. He has done countless interviews with such prestigious news programs as Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, the Mike Huckabee Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

His book Behind the Dolphin Smile was published in 1989; a second book, To Free A Dolphin was published in September 2000. Both of them are about his work and dedication. He is the star of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove and the Animal Planet television series Blood Dolphin$.

Author: Ric O'Barry


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