The Dolphin Defender

About

Join Hardy Jones in his crusade to protect dolphins in NATURE’s The Dolphin Defender.

Nearly three decades ago, filmmaker Hardy Jones became fascinated by wild dolphins. Even though many said it couldn’t be done, he set out to film these sleek sea mammals in the open ocean. Along the way, he became closely involved with his subjects and came to appreciate dolphins as highly intelligent creatures worthy of careful protection.

Eventually, Jones turned his camera into a tool for conservation. He filmed dramatic dolphin hunts, and the documentary footage made headlines and sparked international protests. Jones also discovered the effects of chemical pollution on dolphins and orcas, the largest species of dolphin. He came to realize that threats to these marine mammals were threats to the ocean itself, and to us all.

Now, in NATURE’s The Dolphin Defender, Jones shares some of his most dramatic and beautiful images, and tells the moving personal story of his journey into the world of dolphins. It is a memorable voyage revealed with the energy and elegance of the dolphins themselves.

Online content for The Dolphin Defender was originally posted May 2005.

Production Credits Print

Television Credits

Presented by
HARDY JONES

Produced and Written by
HARDY JONES

Edited by
FREDERIC LILIEN

Principal Photography by
LARRY CURTIS
HARDY JONES
DEBORAH CUTTING

Associate Producer
DEBORAH CUTTING

Additional Photography by
HOWARD HALL
MARTY SNYDERMAN
CHAD ROBERTS
GENE FLIPSE
YANN HUBERT
JOHN KNOOP
DYANNA TAYLOR

Sound by
JON ROSS
STEVE GAGNE

Original Music by
LENNY WILLIAMS

Special Thanks to
WHALE AND DOLPHIN CONSERVATION SOCIETY
ELSA NATURE CONSERVANCY
WORLD SOCIETY FOR PROTECTION OF ANIMALS
RICHARD O'BARRY MARINE MAMMAL SPECIALIST FOR ONE VOICE
CENTER FOR WHALE RESEARCH
JULIA WHITTY
ORCA SURVEY

For NATURE:

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
JILL CLARKE
PATTY JACOBSON

Associate Producers
IRENE TEJARATCHI
GIANNA SAVOIE

Production Secretary
RACHAEL TEEL

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

On-line Editor
PATRICK GAMBUTI, JR.
BRUNO PELLEGRINI

Sound Mix and Edit
ED CAMPBELL

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A Production of Hardy Jones Productions and Thirteen/WNET New York

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

Web Credits

Producer
MARY HOPE GARCIA

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Writer
DAVID MALAKOFF

Production Assistant
ELIZABETH GOODMAN

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

About the Writer

David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.

Photos from The Dolphin Defender.

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