Best News for the Day

By Hans Peter Roth
Cove Monitor
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

The banger boats left this morning at 5:30AM as they had the previous two days, with today’s hunting conditions even better than the day before – no wind, calm seas.  Our mood always sinks, when you see that the boats line up on the horizon, like today.  But we kept hoping.

There was a drive hunt going on out there, undoubtedly.  But the line of boats just wouldn’t approach the shore as usual.  They actually seemed to be stuck out there with dolphins that just would not let themselves be driven in the “right” direction.  They went further and further North, which makes it even more difficult for the bangers, as they also have to struggle against the Kuroshio current this way, a huge and strong water current, going from North to South.

Suddenly the line of boats broke up.  They picked up speed.  Were they heading for shore?  They were!  With no dolphins!  The dolphins got away.  What a good feeling once again, even better than yesterday.  Days like this are expensive and discouraging for the dolphin hunters and all the more encouraging for us, mainly for three reasons:

a) The dolphins were out there, so the seas are not that empty.
b) The dolphins got away!
c) Since the dolphins did get away, they can warn others hopefully?

For tomorrow the weather forecast is not good: rain with possible thundershowers and wind gusts.

We love such blue day forecasts!  Hopefully the meteorologists are right.

 

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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$.

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