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Aug 272010

By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now

Animal activists – particularly those who care about dolphins – are likely familiar with “The Cove,” 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 O’Barry and his son Lincoln as they search worldwide for dolphin slaughters.

Ric O'Barry (foreground) and his son Lincoln will star in a new Animal Planet series documenting their efforts to halt dolphin slaughter worldwide. Image: Animal Planet

The series, “Blood Dolphins,” began Aug. 27 (9 p.m. EST) with “Return to Taiji,” the site of the documentary’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, O’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 “Blood Dolphins,” O’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 O’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 “blood trade” of wild dolphins has grown to great numbers.

There, dolphin dealing is legal and dolphin teeth are a form of currency. The O’Barrys’ 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 O’Barry, his organizations and efforts.

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