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Marine Conservation organizations in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean

Dolphin Project

Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project

171 Pier Ave, 234, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Region Active

North America

Non-profit group



Dolphins, Marine animal rehabilitation and conservation


Richard (Ric) O'Barry, who founded the Dolphin Project in 1982, worked both within the dolphin captivity industry, and against it. Ric O'Barry had trained five dolphins that were used in the TV series called Flipper; however, O'Barry changed from training to advocating against the captivity of dolphins after one of the Flipper dolphins died in his arms. O'Barry campaigns against Japan's cruel cetacean hunts and also for halting the Solomon Islands dolphin trade. He has also rescued and rehabilitated dolphins in many countries around the world.

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