Video Highlights from Sept 1st at the Cove

By Ric O’Barry
Campaign Director
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

Our volunteer videographer, Melissa Thompson Esaia, put together this series of video clips of our 34 volunteers from five continents on the beach in Taiji on Sept. 1st, the first official day of the dolphin hunt season.  No dolphins in the Cove, but plenty of extreme nationalists shouting insults at our group, as you can hear from the soundtrack.
You’ll see:

• Our group in a circle for a moment of silence for the souls of the dolphins and whales that have died in the Cove and that are expected to die this season;

• A bit of Russ Ligtas’ amazing Butoh dance he performed, starting in the waters of the Cove – a dance of grief for the dolphins; and

• Our singer/songwriter Arielle performing one of her songs she wrote especially for this event.
What you won’t see is me, as I was stuck in court all week and only arrived in Taiji on Sunday, Sept. 2nd.



My deepest thanks to Melissa, Russ, Arielle, and all of our participants who paid their own way to come to Taiji to remind the world of what goes on in the Cove.




For updates from our Cove Monitors in Taiji, #Tweet4dolphins.

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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$.

Author: Ric O'Barry


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