dolphin hunts

Before the 1960′s, when the TV series Flipper became popular, trained sea creatures such as dolphins were a very rare occurrence. Richard “Ric” O’Barry was a dolphin trainer at Miami Seaquarium and helped to capture five wild dolphins that would be trained to star in Flipper. He carried this on for 10 years until Kathy, who was the main dolphin to star in Flipper, died in his arms; he strongly believes she committed suicide when she didn’t resurface for air. It was this one event that completely changed his stance on what he was doing. He suddenly realised that imprisoning and training these beautiful and intelligent creatures for human entertainment was abhorrent. On Earth Day of 1970, Ric founded The Dolphin Project which is an organisation dedicated to educating people about the plight of dolphins in captivity. This organisation rescues and rehabilitates dolphins and releases them back to the wild. As well as this, Ric leads an international effort to stop the hunting of dolphins and the trafficking of dolphins to theme parks such as Sea World. He has written two books: Behind the Dolphin Smile and To Free a Dolphin, and also appeared in the documentary, The Cove.


BREAKING NEWS TOKYO (AP) — “Game of Thrones” star @Maisie_Williams wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows. She says it’s the best way to stop the capture and killings of dolphins in Japan.

Williams spoke Friday in the small Japanese town of Taiji, made famous in “The Cove,” a 2009 Oscar-winning film that documented the dolphin hunt and starred Ric O'Barry, the dolphin trainer for the “Flipper” TV series.

Williams is the latest celebrity trying to save dolphins. Others include Brian May of Queen, Sting and Daryl Hannah.

She hopes her influence on social media, with 4 million Instagram followers, will help educate people about Taiji, including Japanese.

Williams, global ambassador for O'Barry’s Dolphin Project campaign, says only a handful of Taiji fishermen are benefiting from the practice. (x) (x) (x)


The duels between hunters and hunted are as dramatic as any event in the natural world. The stakes could not be higher. For both, it’s a matter of life and death. Yet surprisingly, it’s the hunters that usually fail. To have any chance of survival, predators must be perfectly tuned to their own hunting arenas. Every habitat brings a different challenge. THE HUNT will reveal as never before the extraordinary range of strategies predators use to catch their prey. But even for the most skillful, success is never guaranteed.

  • MC: You'll never guess what just happened.
  • Addison: You went out in the hallway, stumbled into an inter-dimensional portal, which brought you 5,000 years into the future, where you took advantage of the advanced technology to build a time machine, and now you're back, to bring us all with you to the year 7010, where we are transported to work at the think-a-torium by telepathically controlled flying dolphins?
  • MC: Hunt kissed me.
  • Addison: Who would ever guess that?
Maisie Williams Swaps Her Sword For A Gun In Netflix's 'iBoy' Trailer

In the most recent season of Game of Thrones, Arya Stark finally tasted revenge when she made Walder Frey, who was part of the plan that led to the death of her mother and brother, taste his numbskull sons. That’s probably not what’s going to happen in the Netflix original movie, iBoy (“that,” being pie-based cannibalism), but Bill Milner could still learn a thing or two about vengeance (and dolphin hunting) from Maisie Williams.

Based on Kevin Brooks’ techno-novel of the same name, iBoy is about a normal teen named Tom (Milner, who also played young Magneto in X-Men: First Class) whose “world is turned on its head when a violent encounter with local thugs leaves fragments of his shattered smartphone embedded in his brain.” When he wakes up from a coma, Tom realizes he’s gained superhero powers, or at least the ability to manipulate technology. He then them uses to seek retribution against the gang that assaulted his friend Lucy (Williams).

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But Lucy is no damsel in distress — she’s a gun-wielding badass, which is to say, she’s a character played by Maisie Williams. iBoy premieres on Netflix (I await the Daredevil vs. Blind Wannabe Assassin Arya crossover) on January 27.

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piscibus arcani quotiens deuexa profundi
scrutantem delphina uident: fugit omnis in imos
turba lacus uiridesque metu stipantur in algas                
nec prius emersi quam summa per aequora flexus
emicet et uisis malit certare carinis:
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frena manu pariter pariter regit arma pedumque
remigio sustentat equum consuetaque campo                
fluctuat et mersas leuis ungula quaerit harenas

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Such terror only fishes know, beneath the rolling tides, when there within the hidden deeps they see a dolphin on the hunt. Into the abyss the shoal flees as one, and huddled together in horror amid the green seaweed will not emerge before their foe leaps up in an arc above the surface of the waves, and there decides to chase instead a ship new-sighted. Thus Hippomedon drove the scattered heroes through the deep currents of the river, guiding the reins with one hand and with the other hand his sword, while with his heels for oars he steered his steed: which, though accustomed to the battlefield, tackled the waves and bravely sought out with its hooves the submerged sand. 

possibly one of the most astonishing similes in a work which tbh is pretty damn full of astonishing similes?? im going to marry statius???

A Filipino artist has painted 35,000 dolphins across the Philippines. AG Sano, an environmental and artist activist undertook these paintings after watching ‘The Cove’ and became so overcome with emotion that he quit his job and dedicated his time to protecting these dolphins by painting one wall at a time.

Sano said of 'The Cove’:

“I could not sleep after seeing 'The Cove’ because of the images we saw. I tapped into the emotions flowing the next morning, looked for spare paint, asked a friend if I could paint his wall and he said yes”

Images of Sano’s work were posted on Facebook, and a stranger rang Sano offering his house as a canvas and this is when the campaign was born! Soon invitations flooded in and Sano travelled across the country to paint the images of dolphins, as curiosity grew so did peoples participation.

“Everyone who walked by - whether policeman, businessman, politicians, street cleaners - would stop, watch for a while and then start asking questions. I would explain my advocacy, offer them a paintbrush, and soon they would start helping me”

A year later and this awareness campaign has lead to 35,000 dolphins painted on more than 200 walls with  more than 25,000 volunteers. Ric O'Barry made a visit in 2012 and painted a dolphin with Sano, Sano said at the time of O'Barry’s visit:

“Having him here to support the local campaign against captivity with the intention of bringing the issue to the international arena is the most important thing that has happened to our advocacy. Once his brush touches the wall I shall call him our MVP - most valuable painter.”

Sano credits British graffiti-artist Banksy as an influence. Banksy also uses public art as a way of sharing his ideas.

“Painting dolphins on public walls to raise awareness was an instinct based on his influence. To meet one’s hero would be awesome. To paint a dolphin with him in the streets of London would be out of this world!”

 The artists’ original idea was to paint one dolphin for each of the 23,000 dolphins killed at Taiji, Japan. However, he was asked by the department of natural resources to create the Philippines’ longest wildlife mural, a project designed to raise awareness for the need to protect the world’s oceans. In May 2012, 1000 volunteers joined Santo to paint a 1075m long 'Biodiversity Wall of Nature’ in Quezon city, showcasing over 200 species of marine and mammal life in the Philippines.

AG Sano still continues to paint murals wherever requested. However, he now concentrates on ending captivity of dolphins in the Philippines, many of whom are believed to have come from Taiji.


This video contains graphic images of dolphin slaughter but it is important that you watch it and get informed about about what exactly happens in Taiji, Japan and what is a result of the captive industry. Hundreds of dolphins are brutally hunted in the cove in Taiji, those who survive the hunts are destined for a life in captivity. Money for the live dolphins funds the slaughter and so the hunts continue.

This act is hidden under a curtain but Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) have access to what happens behind the curtain. The dolphins die from a slow, painful death and their family members watch on before being sold for large amounts of money and forced to spend their life in confinement and performing tricks to entertain the human race.

If you buy a ticket to see a dolphin show, you are funding this practice!

Once you have watched the video sign the petition and help end this brutal slaughter of these beautiful, intelligent animals.

What baffles me about the Taiji Dolphin Hunts is how they just wipe out entire pods - I’m certain that the cetacean population in that area must be in rapid decline.

A pod of Risso’s Dolphins caught the other day? Slaughtered. That’s a whole family just removed from existance. A whole line of genetics just stricken out.
And that was only a small pod - they round up groups sometimes reaching into the hundreds of certain species (common dolphins it seems usually) and butcher the majority of them.

Any that they release are likely going to die due to the stress or being to young to actually fend for themselves - they don’t leave any viable animals free.

It’s just crazy, there is no method to the madness whatsoever.

Buy a Ticket, Kill A Dolphin

The fact is if you buy a ticket to a marine park you are supporting dolphin slaughter! You can claim that you “love” these animals but you are paying for their death. Yes, you’re beloved marine park may not be directly getting their dolphins from Taiji, Japan but every dolphinarium wants to compete it’s all part of the multi-billion dollar captive industry. So please do not tell me you love these animals if you are willing to see them behind a glass wall and pose for pictures kissing them whilst paying for the killing of their families!