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Ric O'Barry        

Environmental & Animal Activist, Author, Founder of the Dolphin Project; Star of the Academy Award-Winning Documentary "The Cove"

Richard O’Barry 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 50 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$.”


National Aquarium's plan to relocate dolphins from Baltimore by ...
Dolphin captivity opponent Ric O'Barry, who formerly trained dolphins for the “ Flipper” television series in the 1960s, says a proper sanctuary should be in a ...
Documenting the dolphin slaughter in Japan – Anderson Cooper ...
Anderson spoke with Ric O'Barry, director of the Earth Island Institute's Dolphin Project, who argues the killing "is not traditional, it is not cultural, and it's time to ...
The Cove's Ric O'Barry on Boycotting Miami Seaquarium, Dolphin ...
Miami native Ric O'Barry is one of those rare individuals so utterly devoted to his cause, so passionate and heartfelt,...

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