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.
Marine mammal activists Wayne Pacelle, Mark Palmer, Ric O’Barry and Samantha Berg joined George Knapp for a discussion on the new film Blackfish, which exposes what goes on behind the scenes at Sea World, whale/dolphin captivity and marine welfare. ... More »Host: George Knapp