"We've come so close," O'Barry said. "We've had the helicopter on hold, the army trucks lined up, everything ready to go. Then all of a sudden we get a phone call that for some reason we're not going there. The fix was in, somebody paid somebody off."
O'Barry still believes that Camp Lumba Luma has limited the further capture of wild dolphins. "Because by law, any dolphin that gets captured has to go to our facility," he said.
However, he concedes that illegal capture could still be going on. "There's always a chance that they're catching them in some hidden fisherman's village, because they're not keeping great records of these places," O'Barry said.