Follow Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project and support the end of dolphin hunting and captivity.

Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project


Who: Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

Where: Santa Monica, USA (Global HQ)

What: Charity dedicated to the welfare and protection of dolphins worldwide.

About: Dolphin Project is the longest-running anti-captivity dolphin welfare organisation in the world. It was founded by Richard (Ric) O’Barry on Earth Day (April 22) 1970. They aim to educate the public about captivity and, where feasible, retire and/or release captive dolphins. They actively campaign to end dolphin exploitation and slaughter, with campaigns focused on specific institutions, such as aquariums, and geographical hotspots where dolphin hunts take place.

The Dolphin Project has achieved many important victories for dolphins over the years such as negotiating for an end to dolphin slaughter in the Solomon Islands.

They also grabbed the world’s attention to the brutal drive hunts taking place along the coast of Taiji, Japan, as seen in the 2009 Academy Award-winning feature documentary The Cove.

Find out more:

Visit Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project to learn more about dolphins in captivity today. Plus:

  • Take a pledge to NOT buy a ticket to a dolphin show, swim with captive dolphins, or in any way support institutions that make a profit from captive dolphins.
  • Donate to the Dolphin Project or plan a fundraiser.
  • Shop for Dolphin Project merchandise and marine themed gifts from clothing, to jewellery, educational material, and much more to help fund this not-for-profit organisation.
  • Read the book ‘Behind The Dolphin Smile‘ – and discover why Ric O’Barry went from dolphin trainer, to dolphin defender.
  • WatchThe Cove and learn about dolphin hunting in Taiji Japan.



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