Goodbye For Now

By Johanne Aa Rosvoli
Cove Monitor
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

So, it’s my turn to head back home.

My 3rd trip to Taiji is coming to an end, and I feel so blessed and sad at the same time. Blessed to know that I am a part of this change.  Sad to have witnessed two days with slaughter, and dolphins being taken to a life of captivity.

I stood with tears in my eyes when we saw the boats driving towards the harbor in formation, chasing this beautiful pod of Risso’s dolphins. I knew that this day too, would make me keep fighting for these innocent animals, who only want us to listen to them, like they listen to us.

I went on and on in my head about how I can be a louder voice for these dolphins.  How can I make people understand that this has to come to an end, or there is no hope?  Well, I realized, while I stood there watching these dolphins being driven towards the Cove, that I just have to keep on talking about this, telling people about the movie, sharing all the important information about this cause, and never doubt that I have this voice to use and to protect my friends – the dolphins.  If I only change one on my way, that one will maybe change two, and so it goes on.

Being at the ground in Taiji is one of the toughest experiences I ever had.  But I’m so incredibly proud and humble to be here, as a Cove Monitor, for DolphinProject.org, and my biggest hero, Richard O’Barry.  Also, I could never have done this trip without my Cove Monitor-colleague Tia.  You make me stronger, and you make me believe when I feel like there’s no hope.  Thank you!

Please, use your voice and never be silent.  These dolphins desperately need you!

With love, Johanne

 

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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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