Live from the Cove in Japan
By Ric O’Barry
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project
I am back in Taiji, Japan, the home of the worst and largest dolphin drive slaughter in the world.
I’m not alone – joining me are several of our volunteer Cove Monitors, who keep the world informed about the slaughter and let the dolphin killers and the Japanese government know, day after day, that the world is watching.
I’ve added a new tool to our Campaign: My new iPad is hooked up to a WiFi signal, so I can send e-mails, video and even do media interviews via SKYPE from the shore of the Cove itself.
This will revolutionize our coverage of the dolphin hunts here in Taiji. I can be here in Taiji and talk with any reporter anywhere in the world about what is happening in real time. I can show them the Cove and its legacy of blood. I can let them hear and see the banger boats as they go about their shameful work of slaughter. I can stream the dolphin slaughter live from the Cove.
One really can’t understand just how horrific these hunts are for dolphins unless you are standing here at the Cove. But our new electronic contact with the world is the next best thing (if I can use a term like “best” under these awful circumstances?).
Yesterday, as you know from this blog, 40-45 beautiful striped dolphins were slaughtered, and the Cove ran red with blood. Today, the boats went out, but thankfully came back empty-handed. A good day in Taiji today! We will be here to let the world know what is happening.
I want to thank all of the people who donated to our fund appeals over the past few weeks of the end of the year. It has been heartening indeed to see how much people care and are willing to support our work.
Without you, we could not do what we are doing now. While slow, we are making progress. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
- Happy 47th Birthday Dolphin Project! - April 18, 2017
- BREAKING: Taiji’s Drive Season Over - February 28, 2017
- 2016: What A Year It Was! - December 15, 2016
- Dolphin Sabbatical Project: A Social Experiment for Captive Dolphins - June 17, 2016
- Statement on Morgan by Ric O’Barry - June 9, 2016
- Op Ed: Is it Okay to Go Back to SeaWorld? - March 31, 2016
- Addressing the Confusion about Angel - March 26, 2016
- Exclusive: Message from Ric O’Barry - February 8, 2016
- What Will 2016 Hold For Dolphins? - December 15, 2015
- The Finland Four - November 28, 2015
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$.