Building a Bridge across the Flensburg Firth

It was quite the sight in the Flensburg Firth.

One hundred and thirty-three standup paddle boards were placed side-by-side, forming a 160 meter long bridge. In an effort to draw awareness to the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, two people – Ric O’Barry and marine mammal scientist Dr. Andreas Pfander – had to get from one side of the Fjord to the other by walking/balancing on this bridge of paddling boards without falling into the cold water.

Ric O'Barry crosses Flensburg harbor via 200 standup paddle boards to bring awareness to the Taiji dolphin slaughter

Ric O’Barry crosses Flensburg harbor via 200 standup paddle boards to bring awareness to the Taiji dolphin slaughter
Credit: Helene Hesselager O’Barry

It would be a never-before-seen achievement to be entered into the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records. Unfortunately, Dr. Pfander fell into the water at the sixth board and was out.

Ric however, succeeded in crossing the Fjord.

It’s all about keeping Taiji in the news. It’s what we do” ~ Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project

Each year from approximately September to March, a brutal slaughter of multiple species of dolphins takes place in Taiji, Japan. The Academy award-winning movie “The Cove” featuring Ric O’Barry was based on this slaughter. Dolphin Project will, once again, be on the ground in Taiji for the entire six months, documenting the hunts via live streaming, blogging and social media.

How You Can Help


Your voice counts! September 1 is Japan Dolphins Day. Click here to learn more and participate in an event in your city.

Want to lend your support on the ground in Taiji? Learn more about Dolphin Project’s Cove Monitor program.

Interested in donating to the longest-standing dolphin advocacy organization in the world? Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.

Featured image: Ric after successfully crossing Flensburg harbor via 200 standup paddle boards, to bring awareness to the Taiji dolphin slaughter. Credit: Helene Hesselager O’Barry

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About Cara Sands

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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.

A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.

It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.

Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!

"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands

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