By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now
Animal activists â€“ particularly those who care about dolphins â€“ are likely familiar with â€śThe Cove,â€ť the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary that chronicled the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins off the island of Taiji, Japan.
Now a three-part TV series on Animal Planet will follow outspoken 40-year activist Ric Oâ€™Barry and his son Lincoln as they search worldwide for dolphin slaughters.
The series, â€śBlood Dolphins,â€ť began Aug. 27 (9 p.m. EST) with â€śReturn to Taiji,â€ť the site of the documentaryâ€™s focus, where thousands of dolphins have for years been secretly herded into hidden inlets and brutally killed. The meat is then sold for use as food, primarily in Japan.
In the original documentary, which also aired on Animal Planet on Aug. 29 at 9 p.m. EST, Oâ€™Barry and fellow activists had to secretly film the bloody scenes, because Japanese officials were determined to keep the slaughter a secret.
In the first episode of â€śBlood Dolphins,â€ť Oâ€™Barry returns to Taiji in a very public way, followed by Japanese journalists. The hunt appears to be delayed as a result of their presence, but as soon as the Oâ€™Barrys leave, they receive word that the slaughter has begun again.
In the second episode of the show, (coming Sept. 10, 9 p.m. EST) the father and son go to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, where the â€śblood tradeâ€ť of wild dolphins has grown to great numbers.
There, dolphin dealing is legal and dolphin teeth are a form of currency. The Oâ€™Barrysâ€™ mission involves interaction with dolphin dealers and an effort to broker a deal with the native hunters.
The third episode (Sept. 17, 9 p.m. EST) remains with the father and son activists in the Solomons as they try to negotiate, barter and confront dealers and natives to halt the bloody hunts.
More information about the new series is available at the Animal Planet website.
The site also provides more information about Ric Oâ€™Barry, his organizations and efforts.
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