On August 27 Animal Planet will air a three part miniseries featuring Ric O’Barry and his son Lincoln as they work to expose the plight of dolphins worldwide. “Blood Dolphins” begins back at The Cove—the remote location in Taiji, Japan that is witness to an annual mass slaughter of dolphins—where the pair, along with a small crew, discover that the brutal massacre portrayed in the Academy Award-winning film continues. Despite the many obstacles father and son encounter, they forge on, continuing their mission.
After leaving Japan, the team travels to the Solomon Islands—a small nation consisting of nearly 1,000 islands where dolphin dealing is legal and big business. The O’Barry’s dangerous mission is met with high hopes as they learn that a prominent dealer is thinking of leaving the business.
“Dolphins are highly intelligent, self-aware, complex creatures that should swim free without the threat of slaughter or captivity,” says Ric O’Barry. “Dolphins’ primary sense is sonar sound, and living within small confines causes sensory deprivation and distress, while also extremely limiting their range of space. The most important thing I can do…that my son can do…is show the world through projects like ‘Blood Dolphins’ just how threatened dolphins are so we can all do something about it.”
Animal Planet’s “Blood Dolphins” premiers on Friday, August 27 at 11 p.m. ET/PT following the season finale of Whale Wars.