The Cove Star Ric O'Barry's Animal Planet TV Series Starts Friday

Coconut Grove resident and former Miami Seaquarium trainer Ric O'Barry recently starred in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, which captured the fight to stop dolphin slaughter in Japan. It was brutal to watch, from the sonic-bullying bangs of Japanese fisherman, to hearing O'Barry describe how Flipper committed suicide in his arms, to the eventual blood red water off the coast of Taiji, Japan. The film was censored in Japan, and the dolphin slaughter continues.

Realizing there's more work to do, Animal Planet produced a three-part series titled Blood Dolphins that picks up where The Cove left off. It, of course, stars O'Barry as well as his son, Lincoln. Blood Dolphins premiers this Friday at 11 p.m. And if you haven't yet seen The Cove, Animal Planet will air it on Sunday at 9 p.m.

In the film, Japanese officials claim whaling is simply part of their

culture, although it's revealed that dolphin meat contains toxic levels

of mercury and should not be sold or consumed. Additionally, this past

May, researchers have been pushing to get dolphins protected with a

non-human status as their intelligence, self-awareness, and complex social

structure are on par with that of humans.

Here's Animal Planet's synopsis for the first episode:

In recent years, the Solomon Islands -- a tiny nation in the South

Pacific -- has emerged as a major crossroads in the blood trade in wild

dolphins. Dolphin dealing is legal here and has sparked a gold rush

among poverty stricken indigenous tribes who have hunted dolphins for

centuries and who use dolphin teeth as a form of currency. For Ric and

Lincoln O'Barry, a mission to The Solomons brings intrigue and danger,

as well as high hopes. The most prominent dealer in the islands -- a man

named Chris Porter -- has made overtures to Ric, claiming he is ready to

quit the business. It could be the opening Ric needs to shut down the

captive trade. But to make it pay off, the team must face down a rival

dealer and broker a deal with the native dolphin hunters to stop killing


We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.