Has SeaWorld Sunk To A New Low?

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Dolphin Project team members are in Orlando today supporting the SeaWorld protest and the Blackfish Racing team as they compete in a local triathlon.

This is just one of the protests being held outside of SeaWorld parks. What’s different about today is that a mysterious group of “Communists” joined the ranks. When Dolphin Project spoke with one of them, the unnamed Communist admitted to “just doing this as a job to make so extra money.” When we asked him to actually name a communist, he “couldn’t.”

We also noted that the pre-made sign he was holding was manufactured in Texas. When we suggested that this might, ” not look good to some,” should he try to get a job or decide to run for office in 10 years, he began to hide.

"Communist" paid protesters try and block the dolphin activists.

“Communist” paid protesters try and block the dolphin activists. Photo: DolphinProject.com

It doesn’t take a large dose of imagination to fathom who is behind this “Communist” campaign, although it is sickening to believe that an American company could act so “Un-American.”

We’ve seen this type of effort in action before — in 2012, during a public hearing held by NOAA over Georgia Aquarium’s request to import 18 wild-caught belugas from Russia. Unemployed people were used as paid line-sitters at NOAA Headquarters in Maryland. Brian Barnes, of the Dolphin Project, said he actually spoke to several of the line holders at the meeting. “GA Aquarium paid temps $22/hr to stand in line from 5 a.m. in attempt to fill avail seats & block us from speaking,” Barnes tweeted.

Paid line-standers are not uncommon and can be arranged through various temp agencies. The Dolphin Project is aware of at least one pro-captivity insider who oversees such agencies.

In the end their efforts were fruitless, it was team Dolphin who won the day. The “Communists” were outnumbered 20-1.

Anti -aptivity protesters win the day.  Photo: DolphinProject.com

Anti -Captivity protesters win the day.
Photo: DolphinProject.com

America was founded by the voice of the people. And the people have spoken. We cannot go backwards and “un-know” the truth. Captivity kills, and the days of the performing orca and other dolphins — for our pleasure, is over. You can rest assured that these protests and our days of action are just getting started. Dirty tactics to discredit our efforts will only backfire. The Dolphin Project is about passion, belief and the truth, not profit and greed.

Dolphin Project team members in Orlando. Photo: DolphinProject.com

Dolphin Project team members in Orlando.
Photo: DolphinProject.com

Next week, the Dolphin Project travels to Washington D.C. to meet with the Obama Administration and to deliver more than 1M signatures from hundreds of countries. There is still time to sign the petition and join us in our Nation’s Capitol.

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About Lincoln O'Barry

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Born and Raised in Coconut Grove. FL, Lincoln spent much of his childhood in or around the ocean. His father Richard O’Barry was the dolphin trainer for the Flipper TV series, who now works to free captive dolphins back into the wild. The first four years of his life were spent living at the original Dolphin Project headquarters. The other 2 residents at the time were Liberty and Florida, the 2nd dolphins Ric released back into the wild. The next door neighbor at the time was President Nixon.

Lincoln’s first trip to Japan was around his 6th birthday. Ric was producing a series of Celebrate The Whale concerts in Japan. On this trip, the family made its first visit to Taiji, the birthplace of Japanese whaling and location of the drive slaughter.

Lincoln O'Barry has worked with his father on readaptions and releases of captive dolphins in Colombia, Indonesia, Nicaragua, and the United States.

In the mid 90’s, Lincoln started his own production company. As a producer, Lincoln worked with such clients as Elle, Italian Elle, Marie Claire, Mini Cooper, Coca Cola, Discover Card, Ray Ban. He worked with luminarie photographers such as Ellen Von Unwerth, Jesse Frohman, Ben Watts, Pier Paulo Ferrari, and Michele Compt. In the past few years, Lincoln expanded the company to include TV and Film. He produced up-fronts for The Travel Channel Animal Planet & Discovery Channel.

In 2009 Lincoln & Ric’s work in Japan trying to end the dolphin slaughter was featured in the Academy Award winning film “The Cove”. In 2010 Lincoln Directed & Executive Produced the award winning Animal Planet mini series “blood Dolphin$”. The series went on to air in over 30 countries. During filming of the series, Lincoln was instrumental in ending the largest slaughter of dolphins in the world, which takes place in the Solomon Islands. The series also took him to Indonesia where he built the largest dolphin rehab/release sanctuary to date. In Indonesia, Ric & Lincoln worked to shut down one of the last traveling dolphin circuses found anywhere.

When not under the water or on an airplane, Lincoln can be found in Venice Beach with his dog Charlie. His production company BayRock Media, specializes in development and production of Film and Television & Internet content.



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