Happy 47th Birthday Dolphin Project!

I flew into Bimini in the Bahamas to do something at last about the dolphins. Actually, I wasn’t clear myself about why I was doing it. The only thing I knew for sure was that I had to do something. ~ Richard O’Barry, “Behind the Dolphin Smile.”

We’ve come a long way since that fateful day in 1970 when I made it my life’s mission to protect dolphins worldwide from exploitation and slaughter. Now, 47 years later, all of us at Dolphin Project are as committed as ever to making real and positive change for dolphins.

And we know you are, too.

Ric O’Barry, Circa 1971

Ric O’Barry, Circa 1971

Your steadfast support of our global projects and campaigns in Japan, UK, Indonesia, the Netherlands, the Solomon Islands, Mexico and the United States is the reason the tide is finally turning for dolphins. Thanks to you, collectively, we have done much towards ending dolphin abuse, and with your help, we will continue to do so.

As we commemorate our 47th year this Earth Day, we ask that you continue to share our blogs and social media posts, encourage others to take the pledge to NOT buy a ticket to a dolphin show, and let your voice be heard on behalf of dolphins.

Ric O’Barry and his son, Lincoln rehabilitating two previously captive dolphins

Ric O’Barry and his son, Lincoln rehabilitating two previously captive dolphins

To celebrate our birthday, beginning 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19 to 12:00 midnight on Sunday, April 23, ESTall merchandise orders $50.00 and over (pre-tax) will ship with a free 2017 Dolphin Project calendar! Plus, using coupon code DP47, you can grab three of our new tote bags: Wild & Free, Dolphin Yin & Yang and Dolphin Defender for only $30.00!

Thank you for being on the right side of history.

For the dolphins, always,

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Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project



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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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