Taiji Week in Review 10/26/14

Each week, Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project will recap events from Taiji. If you’ve missed any events in the past seven days, here’s the place to come for a quick refresher. We will feature  the numbers of dolphins captured or killed in the Cove and where the hunt stands vs the quota.

Current Dolphin Drive Season Statistics from Ceta-Base.com:

A total of 138 dolphins from two species have been driven into the cove in Taiji  since September 01. 

Risso’s dolphins: 111 driven;  2 live-captured; 31 released; 78 slaughtered               QUOTA: 261

Short-finned pilot whales: 27 driven; 2 live-captured; 10 released; 15 slaughtered    QUOTA: 114


The week was off to a great start – the dolphin hunters had been unsuccessful in their chase for 17 consecutive days but on Tuesday, October 21st, the streak ended. Despite heavy rain, a pod of Risso’s dolphins was found and after a 3 hour drive they were pushed into the Cove. About half of the pod was slaughtered while the rest were trapped in outer nets left to watch. The bodies were dragged out of the Cove, and the remaining pod members were driven back out to sea, forced to live without the support of their pod, and carry with them the stress and trauma of witnessing their demise. 

Bad weather protected the dolphins in the two days that follow but on Friday the hunters once again found a small pod of Risso’s dolphins, quite possibly the same individuals from Tuesday’s drive. The pod resisted being driven into the Cove and split into two groups. The 12 banger boats were persistent though, and the dolphins became too exhausted to fight against the diesel powered engines. Once netted into the Cove, all individuals were slaughtered. 

Weather was calm on the final two days of this week and boats left the harbor in search of dolphins, but dolphins were not found, and the Cove remained blue.

Oct. 21: Risso’s Dolphin Pod Couldn’t Evade Relentless Dolphin Hunters

Seventeen days of blue ended on Oct. 21, when a pod of Risso’s dolphins were driven into the Cove. Despite help from the weather, the pod could not escape the dolphin hunters.

Oct. 24: More Risso’s Dolphins Slaughtered in the Cove

After three days of blue, the Cove turned red once more as another pod of Risso’s dolphins were killed. Despite a valiant effort to escape, none survived the drive and the subsequent slaughter.


 London Calling! Let’s Make This the Largest Demo in Demo History!

If you’re in the UK on Nov.6th and 7th, then London is the place to be. We’re aiming to make this the largest demo in dolphin history and we can only do that with your help. Let’s make some noise outside of the Japanese Embassy for the whales and dolphins killed every year in Japan. Organizers are doing a superb job with this event which will feature DJ sets from TBoy & Scott Dickie (Widlkats / You are we). Ric will be there for both the protest and a special screening of ‘The Cove’ on Nov. 6th.



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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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