Best known for having trained the ‘Flipper’ dolphins for the original television series, and more recently for his Oscar winning documentary ‘The Cove” in 2010, is a central figure throughout the series. His presence is highly charismatic. He is renowned for his work in dolphin rehabilitation. Richard O’Barry, of International Dolphin Project, admits that due to his previous work as a trainer, the concept of training dolphins became a commercial enterprise. He feels responsible. He enlightens the viewer about what finally happened to the ‘Flipper’ dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium after the series ended, including ‘Hugo’, the first Killer whale who was also held there. He discusses the issues concerning the captivity industry. His dialogue is provocative and mesmerizing. He also discusses the covert use of dolphins for military purposes. Current examples with recently released secret information are highlighted.
An explorer and Guiness Book record holder for sailing around the world, recounts his observations of the changing oceans and the decline in dolphin populations during his trips, over the last two decades.
“Let The Animals Live” in Tel Aviv, Israel relates the story of Russian dolphins being sold around the world, illustrated with secretly filmed material, of the public hunger strike both he and Richard O’Barry undertook, in order to publicise the tragic plight of these dolphins being transferred from a metal tank – to a site under a rollercoaster in a theme park.
“Dolphinswim”, talks about ‘healing’ in the open sea with free dolphins. The focus of the discourse, is on how ‘healing’ has become a popular concept, and that dolphins are regarded, in a new age context, to be the ‘healers’. The dialogue is practical, sensitive and visionary. It challenges current consumer opinion.
Owner of Dolphin Reef, a captive facility in Eilat – which is a few kilometres from the border of Sinai – narrates her impressions of Abdallah’s behaviour and compares it to her own relationship with the dolphins in her facility. She gives her personal justifications for setting up a centre of this kind.
Dr. Gowrie Mohta
Who pioneered the concept of water birthing in Israel. She conducted ‘controlled’ experiments on 3 pregnant British women – who swam with dolphins in a captive facility. It resulted in one of the women finally giving birth amongst dolphins in the facility, secretly – due to the controversial nature of the experiment. The women involved describe the events, giving their personal impressions.
Dr. Betsy Smith
Pioneered research in dolphin assisted therapy with autistic children in the 1970’s. Dr. Smith debates over the contemporary use of dolphin-assisted therapy programmes, used widely in captive facilities, which have been initiated by her research.
Dr. Jonathan Hazel
The Royal national institute for the deaf in Britain, an eminent neuro-ontologist, suggests that as a result of losing one sense, other senses compensate – creating increased receptivity to inaudible sonic vibrations. Dr. Hazel proposes that this is one of the reasons why these Bedouin, with hearing disabilities, are able to bond so intimately with Olin.
Dr. Horace Dobbs
Author, filmmaker and specialist on dolphins, discusses intimately his experiences of dolphin healing and swimming in the wild with dolphins – highlighting the psychological and physiological impact on people, and the reasons why animal therapy focuses so intently on dolphins.
Dr. Peter Evans and Dr. Jim Heimlich Boran
Both specialists on cetaceans. Discuss the sociology of dolphins and their interactions with man.
Dr. Paul Johnston:
Greenpeace scientist. Outlines the effects of man’s pollution in the environment and its impact on dolphins and the oceans.
Contributers for Additional Footage
Sir Peter Melchett:
Director of ‘Greenpeace’, offers solutions regarding the pollution of our oceans and warns of the need to take immediate action. Within the additional footage to the programme.
Ex Chief Executive of the ‘World Society For The Protection Of Animals’ narrates the story of the successful rehabilitation and release of a dolphin in Brazil, called ‘Flipper’, with the aid of Richard O’Barry. The project was funded with money donated by the public and the support of the Brazilian government, local people and the media.
Environmental Investigation Agency, discusses the killing of dolphins for food and the ‘whaling’ issue. David Currey, director of ‘Environmental Investigation Agency’ (EIA) in the U.K. describes the chilling and shameless killing of dolphins in the Faroe Islands, Indonesia, Japan and Norway for food. The visuals are often explicit and emotionally shocking .