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article imageSTARTARYOT Challenge could benefit dolphins big time

By Elizabeth Batt     Aug 21, 2013 in Environment
As an entrant in the STARTARYOT Challenge, Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project could win $75,000. And for today only, the largest donation to the cause will win a signed Flipper script from the 1960's.
"I have very few of these left," said Ric on his Facebook page earlier today.
For those not familiar with Mr. O'Barry's story, Ric captured, trained and starred with several dolphins in the hit television show, Flipper. When his favorite dolphin Kathy, who played Flipper the majority of the time, died in his arms, O’Barry had a change of heart. He has spent the past 40 years working against dolphin captivity.
Ric O Barry displays dolphin meat for sale in Japan.
Ric O'Barry displays dolphin meat for sale in Japan.
Helene O’Barry
Working under the umbrella of the Earth Island Institute, O'Barry has actively campaigned through his Dolphin Project and Save Japan Dolphins charities for cetaceans around the globe. Each year, he is called upon to rescue a marine mammal somewhere in the world.
Recently, he participated in the rehabilitation and release of three dolphins who were captured from the ocean and spent years in a small indoor tank in Korea.
All three dolphins have now been successfully reintegrated into their family pods and are doing well.
O'Barry is perhaps better known for the work that he does in Japan. Every year, during the annual dolphin drive season in Taiji, Ric maintains a team of Cove Monitors stationed on site from September through March. As the star of the Academy award-winning documentary, The Cove, Ric O'Barry has inspired thousands around the world to carry forth his message., a revolutionary and fast-growing news site, recently launched its #STARTARYOT Challenge on CrowdRise. The five-week fundraising initiative, which ends September 24th, helps organizations, "gain awareness, recognition, and most importantly, dollars."
Every year  Ric O Barry travels to Taiji s infamous Cove for the opening day of the annual dolphin d...
Every year, Ric O'Barry travels to Taiji's infamous Cove for the opening day of the annual dolphin drive hunts.
Mark J. Palmer/Earth Island
The organization that raises the most money, wins $75,000. Second and third prizes are $50K and $25K respectively. According to RYOT, "the two most recent CrowdRise Challenges have each raised over a million dollars."
As incentives for donating to the Dolphin Project, Lincoln O'Barry, Ric's son, told Digital Journal, "we are going to have different challenges for the duration of the event." Today for example, the largest individual donation will receive a script, signed by his father, from the Flipper television series.
Also up for grabs through RYOT, are VIP tickets to see Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder and Kings of Leon live in Central Park, NYC on September 28th.
All monies donated to the Dolphin Project, will be used to benefit cetaceans around the world.
For more information on the #STARTARYOT Challenge or to make a donation, visit the Dolphin Project page located on
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