ric o' barry

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.

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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)

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“‘What’s wrong with having a couple of dolphins in a swim program…there’s millions of them out there what’s wrong with having a few here? People here would never see them if we weren’t doing this.’ That’s the question. 

And the answer is: it’s abusive. 

These very same people are never going to see a snow leopard, should we go drag some snow leopards out of the Himalayas for them as well? I think if you want to see Grand Canyon then you have to go see Grand Canyon, that’s how it works that’s how it should work with these dolphins and whales. And if you can’t do that then they have to hum a few bars of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and move on with your life.”- Ric O’Barry, Anti Captivity Activist

Pilot whales huddle together at the infamous Taiji cove. I don’t really post much about the Taiji slaughter unless there’s some significant news, like when it starts or ends, or if an unusual animal is caught, but this particular photo just broke my heart. Pilot whales are the most common species to strand in large numbers. They have such strong social bonds that if one individual strands, the whole pod will. These whales awaiting slaughter (or possibly live capture for a few) are still sticking close together, a true testament to those social bonds.


Photo by Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.

I attended the talk “Save the Dolphins” today. I have been waiting for this talk for so long and I was so excited. I freakin’ saw Ric O’ Barry today! Can you believe it? Ric O’ Barry came to the Philippines! He came to our university! I couldn’t hide my wide smile when he entered the auditorium. Standing ovation!

For those of you who don’t know him, Mr. O’ Barry is an Anti-Dolphin Slaughter/Captivity activist known for the television series “Flipper” and the documentary “The Cove”. I mean, I was two meters away from the person behind the film that received the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. Just google it to know more. This was so special to me because this documentary made me aware of what was happening to dolphins (that I love) in Taiji, Japan. I watched the film some time ago and I watched it again today, formally this time. I wanted to ask a question during the open forum but you know me, too shy. I was happy enough to get to see him in real life and listen to him answer other people’s questions. I wanted a picture with him after everything, but there were too many people and I needed to go to a friend’s house so I left afterwards. Anyway, I shall not forget this day. I will not be able to forget this day <3