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Last night marked the premier of an awesome new series on Animal Planet, starring none other than Ric O’Barry and his son, Lincoln. Sound familiar? Well, they should. O’Barry was the lead activist in the award-winning film, The Cove, and he and his son are continuing their mission to save the dolphins.

The new three-part series, Blood Dolphins, will be following the O’Barrys on their campaign to help the dolphins. Last night’s premier was about their return to Taiji (where The Cove was filmed)—right at the start of the dolphin season. However, a covert investigation of the cove suggested that no dolphin slaughter was going to take place, thus giving the team some hope that things were taking a turn for the better.

After a few more days of watching and waiting, the team headed on to Tokyo to handle some other related business. Unfortunately, their hopes were dashed when a phone call tipped them off that the dolphin slaughter resumed. Their return back to Taiji was not exactly a welcoming event—at least not by the hunters or police. Needless to say, it didn’t end well.

The remaining 2 episodes in the series will be focusing on the wild dolphin trade issue in the Solomon Islands. Oh, and Ric O’Barry made one major point of their work extremely clear last night. He basically said that their work is not only about stopping the dolphin slaughters. They want to prevent them from going into captivity, too. You can see all that next week though, when the first episode is on again: Friday, September 3rd at 9 PM (EST).

Oh, and if you are unfamiliar with The Cove, just turn on your TV tomorrow night. It will be premiering for the first time on Animal Planet: Sunday, August 29th at 9 PM (EST).