anywhere in the world,
my phone will ring.
Ric is world famous for his work with dolphins.
The first time I connected with him in recent years
was on a trip down to Nicaragua.
There were two dolphins
in a swimming pool filled with their own excrement.
Ric somehow enlisted the military forces of Nicaragua.
The dolphins were put on a helicopter,
and then out to sea we go,
and the dolphins are released.
We're going to capture these dolphins out of the wild
and bring them into captivity.
There are people who will set them free.
In March of this year,
O'Barry was arrested three times in Florida
for trying to free some captive dolphins.
On Earth Day, he was arrested for the same thing
on the lsland of Bimini.
How many times have you been arrested?
Swimmer, you're within a government-authorized test area.
You are holding up a government project.
Do you understand?
A dolphin in the right spot can make a million dollars a year.
There's a lot of money in it.
If you get in their way——
and I get in their way——
it can be very, very dangerous.
Jane Tipson, she was murdered.
She's the second colleague I've worked with that was murdered.
The other one was Jenny May.
We were trying to stop the traffic in Russian dolphins,
and it involved a hunger strike.
About the tenth day, I passed out,
and I went to a hospital there,
so Jenny became a target,
and they followed her down the beach
and strangled her with her own belt.
These dolphins are symbolic of a new day for the environment.
It's all about respect now, not exploitation.
I feel somewhat responsible
because it was the Flipper TV series
that created this multi-billion-dollar industry.
It created this desire to swim with them and kiss them
and hold them and hug them and love them to death,
and it created all these captures.
There were five female dolphins
who collectively played the part of Flipper.
I captured the five dolphins myself.
The entire crew turns to with battle station teamwork.
When the porpoise is sighted,
not a moment can be lost.
The men handle this creature with infinite care.
She seems to sense that she has come home,
that no harm will come to her now.
When I started training dolphins, there was no manual.
I would get the script,
and it says "Flipper goes over to the dock "and picks up the gun
and then swims down left to right."
I had to actually translate that into action somehow.
Yeah. Thanks, Flipper.
The thing that really struck me
was that they're smarter than we think they are.
The house that you see on the Flipper set
where the family lives
was actually my house.
I lived there all year round for seven years.
And right in front of the house
there was a lake, salt water lake,
and that's where Flipper was at the end of the dock.
When Flipper came on television at Friday night at 7:30,
I would take my television set from the house
and go down the end of the dock
with a long extension cord,
and Cathy would watch herself on television,
and she could tell the difference between herself and Suzy,
who was another Flipper dolphin that was used.
I knew then they were self-aware,
and when you become conscious of this nonhuman intelligence,
you realize after a while they don't really belong in captivity.
But I didn't do anything about it.
One day, it all ended.
Like the props, they went back to the Miami Seaquarium.
When you just walk into this place and the music is playing,
the dolphin is jumping and smiling,
it's hard to see the problem.
But a dolphin's smile is nature's greatest deception.
It creates the illusion they're always happy.
The nerve center of any dolphinarium is the fish house.
And if you go to any one of these fish houses,
you'll see bottles of Maalox and Tagamet.
And they're used because dolphins get ulcers,
because they're all stressed out.
You have to see them in the wild
to understand why captivity doesn't work.
In the wild, they're traveling 40 miles a day.