What Will 2016 Hold For Dolphins?

A Message from Ric O’Barry


As we near the end of 2015, I cannot help but reflect on just how much we have done to build awareness for suffering dolphins across the world. This year, Dolphin Project has been involved in several high-profile projects as well as initiated critical campaigns in Italy, France, Finland, Austria, Mexico, UK and the U.S., all geared towards ending the abuse inflicted on these ancient mammals.

I say ancient, because whales, in one form or another, have existed on this planet for 55 million years. And yet, in the past 50 years, we have seen the Baiji, or Yangtze River dolphin become extinct. Several other species, including the Ganges River dolphin, Hector’s dolphin and Maui’s dolphin are near extinction.

Some of our key initiatives this year have included:

Ric O'Barry at The White House Washington D.C. Photo: DolphinProject.com

Ric O’Barry at The White House 
Photo: DolphinProject.com

Ric O'Barry and a Dolphin Project Mini-Monitor scan for dolphin hunting boats in Taiji, Japan. Photo: DolphinProject.com

Ric O’Barry and a Dolphin Project Mini-Monitor scan for dolphin hunting boats in Taiji, Japan.
Photo: DolphinProject.com

Our Cove Monitors in Taiji, Japan have been on the ground every day so far during the 2015/16 hunting season.

At one point, Ric was briefly detained by local Taiji police, then later released. A special thanks to Assemblyman Richard Bloom, Congressmen Ted Lien, and the U.S. Embassy and State Department for their support. Days later, Dolphin Project Live Stream caught a stricken Risso’s dolphin dying at Ric’s feet. Both of these stories went viral, putting more eyes on Taiji. Our team also continues to test dolphin meat for PCB’s and radiation.

We need to keep the pressure on those responsible for imprisoning or killing dolphins.

Your donation dollars directly fund Dolphin Project’s campaigns. With your help, we can continue to make a real difference and improve the lives of dolphins.


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As we enter our 46th year, we are more committed than ever to end the abuse and suffering of dolphins worldwide. We invite you to be part of the “good fight” and thank you for being on the right side of history.

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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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